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Vol 54 No 15

Published 19th July 2013


Zimbabwe

Rushing and cheating

A tightened election timetable with almost a third of eligible voters missing from the register leaves plenty of space for a nationwide gerrymander

It was uncharacteristically foolish of President Robert Mugabe to fast-track the election date to 31 July, in the face of protests from some in his own party and the opposition, and pleas from the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The folly became apparent in the first week of the campaign.

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