Mugabe fast-tracks election laws, by-passes parliament

June 14, 2013 at 9:40 am Leave a comment

Reuters 

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe fast-tracked changes
to electoral laws on Thursday, using a presidential decree to by-pass
parliament in a bid to comply with a constitutional court order to hold
elections by July 31.

The move is likely to enrage his opponents in a unity government, especially
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) party which wants a delay to allow for reform of the media and
security forces.

Mugabe has been pushing for early elections, saying the unity government
formed in 2009 after violent and disputed vote the previous year has
outlived its tenure.

“Given the deadline imposed by the Constitutional Court, it is inexpedient
to await the passage through Parliament of an act dealing with the
situation,” Mugabe said in an official government notice.

The amended electoral laws ensure that all political parties have access to
the state broadcaster and that the results of elections will be posted
outside polling centres.

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