Friday, 29 April 2011

Zim elections unlikely in 2011

Zimbabwean Finance Minister, Tendai Biti, has announced that the country cannot afford to hold elections in 2011. President Mugabe previously announced that the elections would take place. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) submitted a budget of $400 million to run the election, to the chagrin of the finance minister who is already searching for $150 million to fund the deficit. The country has done well in some areas but has still not performed as well as had been hoped in 2011.

Civil society, opposition parties and SADC have previously been dubious about this election. Negotiators on the Global Political Agreement may also delay the poll as they have agreed to the need for changes to media laws, the constitution and international sanctions as prerequisites for elections.

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