27 November 2015
New Zimbabwe Header
Traffic cops to collect more as fines up
Budget confirms Bob’s paranoia, experts
Pastor masquerades as marriage officer
2018: Chance for a Mujuru-led coalition?
Tanzania cuts costs, bans govt xmas cards
Chinese-built hospital uplifts Mahusekwa
Mnangagwa’s ZISCO 'lies' laid bare
Envoy bribes lover with $200k to abort
2016 Budget Highlights & Pictures
ZSE suspends trade in Pelhams shares
Zahara Hre show going ahead, promoter
'Thieving' model’s discharge bid flops
Highlanders ready for Dynamos test
ZIFA: Gwindi challenges voting councillors
2015 to 16: From frying pan into the fire
Chinamasa: Creation of a society of ENVY
Health Crisis: time to think outside the box
Professor Sam Moyo: An intellectual icon
ZEC to release referendum results
18/03/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
Final count ... Rita Makarau
'Hard luck': Mugabe tells 'No' voters
Tsvangirai on ‘Yes’ vote landslide
New constitution approved by 95pc
US hails 'credible' referendum vote

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will announce results of Saturday’s referendum on the new constitution at 2.30PM on Tuesday, officials said.

ZEC chair Rita Makarau, a serving judge, told reporters on Monday that the votes had been tallied and officials were doing the final verification.

Observer teams from SADC and foreign embassies have hailed the referendum vote as “credible”, and early results posted outside polling station suggested the draft – supported by the country’s three main parties – will pass by a landslide.

Despite earlier estimates by the ZEC putting the number of voters closer to two million, the official Herald newspaper said “over three million votes were cast countrywide” – almost thrice the 1,282,302 votes cast in the 2000 referendum when the ‘No’ vote carried the day.

If confirmed, the turnout would be higher than the 2,696,670 who voted in the 2005 general elections, the 2,421,973 who cast their ballots in the March 2008 general elections and the 2,514,750 who voted in the June 27, 2008, presidential election run-off.

Zimbabwe has 5,6 million registered voters.
The new constitution protects individual freedoms, curtails police powers and introduces term limits for the President.

After the announcement of the results, parliament is expected to convene to adopt the draft – paving the way for elections which Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said will be held in July.

Zimbabwe’s political leaders were anxious for a violence-free vote in the referendum which was the first national vote since the June 2008 presidential run-off boycotted by Tsvangirai after Zanu PF militants targeted his supporters.


Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it






Face Book


comments powered by Disqus
Car shipping to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia from UK
RSS NewsTicker