PM stands firm on election timetable, dealing a blow to Zanu PF

Harare, -The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president Morgan Tsvangirai said the timetable for Zimbabwe's elections should not go beyond 2013, adding he was optimistic that elections will be held in 2012.\r\n

“The only possible time frame to go for an election is 2012 and I am being optimistic about that,” said Tsvangirai while addressing an academic dialogue on Thursday night

“There is no time frame for elections and no specific date and it will be impossible for anyone to say by August so and so we will have elections,” said Tsvangirai.

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“After the constitutional referendum the President and Prime Minister will consult on an election date in consultation with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitators.”

Zanu (PF) decided at its politburo meeting on Wednesday that the country will have elections this year saying a discredited voter’s roll used in the 2008 election will be used to organise them.

The constitutional making process is under jeopardy after both Zanu (PF) and MDC clashed over the method to be used to analyse the views gathered from the people about Zimbabwe’s new constitution.

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The matter has since been referred back to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) superiors who include Tsvangirai, President Robert Mugabe of Zanu (PF) and Arthur Mutambara who represents the smaller faction of the MDC.

Tsvangirai said no one should dismiss the role that SADC is playing saying the, “facilitator is coming to help us not to dictate.”

President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party officials have in the past hauled insults at SADC appointed facilitator, South Africa President Jacob Zuma after he presented a report on the talks which was not favourable to Zanu (PF) at the last SADC organ troika meeting in Livingstone, Zambia.

“Without SADC no one has the legitimacy,” said Tsvangirai.