Referendum by September: Zanu PF

HARARE – Zanu PF Politburo has held a meeting in the capital this Wednesday and deliberated on the progress the constitution-making process and its tactical position ahead of the SADC Summit scheduled for 11 June 2011 in South Africa and came out with no signficant plan to force an election this year.

Zanu PF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, said by the end of next month, they hope to have completed the drafting of the constitution and by end of September they will hold a referendum followed by harmonised elections, possibly before the year ends.

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He said issues also discussed included the Livingstone Troika meeting and the SADC Extraordinary meeting in Windhoek, Namibia.

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Gumbo added that Zanu PF adheres to the spirit and letter of the GPA as originally signed by the three principals and rejects those who want to add or subtract from it as this is tantamount to re-negotiating the GPA.

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The Politburo was also briefed by Patrick Chinamasa on the possible electoral reform in keeping in line with the GPA.

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Sources said, talks also centred on the security reforms as proposed by SADC mediators.

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“If the country goes through a referendum in September, elections would be difficult in winter time of between October and the festive period of December, hence the prospects of elections being held next year between March and April are now more compelling,” a senior Zanu PF said in private.