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Vote for 'This is Zimbabwe' in the 2005 Weblog Awards
Sokwanele
December 06, 2005

This 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.

Please 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.

Zimbabwean voters are advised of the following:

  • You don't need to produce a national identity card or proof of address to vote;
  • 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.

And if our blog does not win?
We 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 food!

Zimbabwean 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 computer.)

On 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).

We 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 year.

Enjoy 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!

If 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.

Many thanks for your support!

These 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.
  • Cheaters will be banned from the site.
  • We reserve the right to close some or all polls earlier than the posted end date.
  • Negative comments about finalists are not permitted here. Your comment will be deleted and you will be banned.
  • Question 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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