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Daily Media Referendum Watch - Issue 06
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
March 16, 2013
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to observe referendum
News that the
High Court had ordered ZEC to grant permission to the Zimbabwe
Human Rights Association (ZimRights) to observe
the referendum and the swearing-in of Supreme Court judge Justice
Rita Makarau as chairperson of the ZEC were the highlights of the
rights watchdog ZimRights had gone to court challenging ZEC’s
decision to bar the organization from observing the referendum on
the grounds that it was facing criminal investigations.
decision to force ZEC to grant ZimRights observer status in the
referendum and the appointment of Makarau as ZEC chair - to replace
Justice Simpson Mutambanengwe who recently resigned from the position
reportedly due to ill-health - were contained in five of the 18
reports the electronic media carried on the administration of the
The other 10
reports were based on updates from ZEC on their arrangements for
voting in the referendum, including comments by government officials
and SADC representatives praising the commission’s preparations.
three raised doubts over ZEC’s ability to hold credible elections,
citing, among others, the commission’s refusal to permit observers
from “hostile” Western countries and inadequate voter
reports only appeared in the private radio stations.
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