HARARE – Zimbabweans can this coming summer to the polls for the first national election since the departure of president Robert Mugabe. His successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa (75) made Wednesday announced that the presidential and parliamentary elections on the 30th of July will take place.
Except Mugabe missing this year, yet another well-known name from the ballots: the experienced leader of the opposition Morgan Tsvangirai died in February of cancer. That happened a few months after the army his archrival Mugabe was forced on to the steps. Mnangagwa has free elections promised, and invited foreign observers to monitor.
The constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that Zimbabweans do not have the right to vote from abroad. There live an estimated 3 million Zimbabweans, about one-fifth of the population. A lot of people have since 2000 gone abroad because of the poor economic conditions or the violations of human rights in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwean lawyers for human Rights (ZLHR) reacted with disappointment to the decision of the court. “We truly believe that all Zimbabweans now, the constitutional right to vote, regardless of whether they are in Zimbabwe or from abroad,” said a lawyer of the Harare-based organization.
Minister Sibusiso Moyo (Foreign Affairs), said last month at a Bloomberg TV that the government votes from abroad, we wanted to enable. He scribbled back a week later and said that there is insufficient time to organize. It would be logistically impossible.
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