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Constitution and Referendum Resources

In this Constitution Watch Veritas concentrate on the legal processes mandated by the new constitution itself, rather than on the processes laid down in the “Electoral Road-map” agreed on by the... read more

This report by the ERC is an attempt to interrogate and analyse the voter behavior that influenced the relatively ‘high voter turnout’ in this poll. What could have driven Zimbabweans to come out... read more

This mailing by Veritas, mailed 25 March, discusses the following issues: 'Next Step towards New Constitution – Enactment by Parliament', 'Parliament’s Role After the Constitution Bill is Passed... read more

These are the referendum election results for 2013:

The Southern African Development Community Election Observer Mission to Zimbabwe has endorsed the just ended constitutional referendum as credible, saying it adhered to SADC principles and... read more

The ERC is grossly concerned about the reports recently received from its accreditated observers that all observers were asked to vacate the constituency counting centre as soon as results were... read more

The 16th March stands as a grand indictment of the Government of National Unity. I have never seen such apathy and I am fast learning this same mood reigns across the country. Is this because... read more

It is again a time to be thinking about going to the polling booth. So, in this land of the so-called milk and honey, a place where we recently joined President Robert Mugabe as he celebrated a... read more

These images show the official ZEC referendum flyer. Click on each image to view in a larger size. Once the image has opened, you can use the 'zoom' feature to make it even bigger still.

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16 March 2013
The Constitutional Referendum will be held on 16 March 2013. Polling stations will be open for 12 hours between 7am and 7pm on polling day, but Eric Matinenga, the Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, has said he plans to lobby the 'powers that be' to have polling over two days. This is because very high turn out is expected on the day.

29 June 2013
If the draft constitution is accepted by Zimbabweans, the Cabinet Taskforce responsible for aligning the new constitution with existing laws has until 29 June to do so. 29 June is the last day of seating for the 7th parliament. The taskforce is made up of: Patrick Chinamasa,  Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, Tendai Biti, Eric Matinenga and the three Copac co-chairs Douglas Mwonzora, Paul Mangwana and Edward Mkhosi.

15 - 30 July 2013
Zimbabweans could vote in the first harmonized elections under a new constitution anytime between the 15th and 30th July this year.