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for 'This is Zimbabwe' in the 2005 Weblog Awards
December 06, 2005
is Zimbabwe’, our Sokwanele blog, is a finalist in the 2005 Weblog
Awards in the category for ‘Best Middle East or Africa Blog’. The
final decision on the winner will be determined by public voting.
support us by visiting our blog at http://www.sokwanele.com/thisiszimbabwe
and clicking on the link to the awards in the right hand column.
Or go direct to the polls which can be found at this link: http://weblogawards.org/2005/12/best_middle_east_or_africa_blo.php.
Voting ends on the 15th of December.
voters are advised of the following:
- You don't
need to produce a national identity card or proof of address to
- you don't
need to worry that you might find yourself struck off the voters
roll after queuing for hours and hours in the hot sun;
- you will
not be forced to attend an intimidating pre-election rally;
- it does not
matter if you have a distant relative that was born decades ago
in a different country;
- you will
not be visited by green-bombers and threatened with violence;
- and Zimbabweans
in the diaspora can vote too.
if our blog does not win?
assure you all that we will not track you down and punish you with
violence, or destroy your home, or deprive you and your family of
voters will also be interested to note that on this occasion, they
too can revel in that unique experience enjoyed by a minority of
Zimbabweans; that is, what it feels like to have multiple votes!
(See the rules below - you may each vote once every 24 hours per
a more serious note, we wish we could say that this voting experience
represents a completely fair and level playing field for all voters.
Unfortunately, it is restricted to those who have access to the
internet - an extreme minority of Africans - and to those who have
the correct version of Macromedia Flash installed on their computer
(you will be prompted to download the correct version for free if
the voting system detects you don't have it).
would therefore be very interested in receiving feedback on your
online voting experience. We will then provide the organisers with
constructive criticism and hopefully encourage them to improve the
system and the process of voting for African blogger finalists next
voting, and know that by doing so you will be helping us to raise
our profile and continue fighting for democracy in Zimbabwe. Please
ask your friends to help out too. Don't forget that you can each
vote once a day!
you would like to support us further by adding a link to the polls
to your own website, please visit our blog at this link - http://www.sokwanele.com/thisiszimbabwe/archives/302
- for badges and details on how to do so.
thanks for your support!
are the voting rules:
- Polls close
December 15, 2005.
- You may vote
once every 24 hours in each poll.
- After voting
in an individual poll you will be locked out from voting again
in that poll (on the computer you voted from) for 24 hours.
- Each poll
has it’s own separate 24 hour lockout control. Voting in, for
example, Best Blog will not lock you out of voting in other categories.
- Vote totals
are not final until certified.
- Vote totals
are subject to periodic correction for identified cheating.
will be banned from the site.
- We reserve
the right to close some or all polls earlier than the posted end
comments about finalists are not permitted here. Your comment
will be deleted and you will be banned.
as to why a blog is or isn’t included should be left on the general
support thread (located at Wizbang) - http://wizbangblog.com/archives/007729.php
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