Zimbabwe – the opposition shouldn’t be distratced by election date

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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The MDC has been joined by SADC in calling for the election to be delayed slightly, but is this really a victory for the opposition? By Simukai Tinhu

From left to right: President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Robert Mugabe, PM Morgan Tsvangira, Deputy PM Arthur Mutambara. Photograph by GovernmentZA.   

On 15 June, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) held an extraordinary summit on Zimbabwe in Mozambique’s capital of Maputo. The main issue discussed was the Zimbabwean elections, currently scheduled for the 31 July. The 31 July date was set by President Robert Mugabe under the pretext of complying with the Constitutional Court’s ruling that elections must be within four weeks of the dissolution of Parliament on 29 June.

However, this date is believed by many, including the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), to be too soon to register voters and enact the changes in…

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