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Vol 64 No 17

Published 24th August 2023


Electoral flaws may stall re-engagement campaign

With the full panoply of state power behind ZANU-PF and its leader, the elections are unlikely to pass the credibility test

Expectations for the fairness of the presidential and parliamentary elections started low and have sunk further after dirty tricks and orchestrated chaos in the towns and cities as Zimbabweans lined up to vote on 23 August. In many townships, Zimbabweans woke up to find pamphlets claiming to come from opposition leader Nelson Chamisa and urging them not to vote because 'the election has already been stolen'. Activists from Chamisa's Citizen's Coalition for Change (CCC) had to scramble to counter the subterfuge as they tried to maximise voting numbers.

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