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  • Ballot Update: February - 2013
    Zimbabwe Election Support Network
    February 26, 2013

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    The period under review witnessed important political developments including an agreement by political parties on the date for the referendum which is on 16 March 2013. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson, Justice Simpson Mutambanengwe, also resigned just months before the country holds crucial harmonized elections. The period also noticed raids by police on several NGOs in Bulawayo, Masvingo and Harare where alleged subversive material was seized. Given the call for elections by President Mugabe, the need to continue to monitor the environment remains critical as the country moves towards an imminent election.

    The Zimbabwe Election Support Network remains dedicated to the promotion of democratic elections in Zimbabwe. In line with this objective, we continue to analyse the political environment in the 210 constituencies where observers are deployed. This update is informed by observations from these constituencies and broadly captures national political developments in Zimbabwe. For comments and feedback email: or

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