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2018 General Elections in Zimbabwe

08 August 2018
12:00 - 14:00

Date:  Wednesday,  8 August 2018          
  12:00 – 14:00
Venue: Video Conferencing Room, Level 1, HSRC Building, 134             Pretorius Street

Zimbabwe held its anticipated harmonised general elections on the 30th of July, 2018. Of the 23 presidential candidates the main contenders were Emmerson Mnangwagwa (ZANU-PF) and Nelson Chamisa (MDC- Alliance). These elections did not feature the usual political party leaders, Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. New leaders with new messages of hope inspired many to go and vote. The elections remained highly contested and no leader necessarily assured of a victory. The usual accusations of electoral irregularities and of media and ZEC partiality abounded. The atmosphere running up to the elections, however, was markedly different from previous elections. Political Party supporters campaigned openly, international observers were welcomed, and the ruling party created an environment for inclusive participation.

This briefing will provide an in-depth analysis of the elections and prospects for a peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe. The briefing will be contextualised so that we understand the nature of elections and leadership in Africa, as well as Zimbabwe’s challenges for democratic renewal.

Chair: Prof Cheryl Hendricks – Executive Director, AISA

Prof Kealeboga Maphunye (UNISA)
Ms Crystal Orderson (Africa Report, 702)
Mr Piers Pigou (International Crisis Group)
Mr Frank Lekaba (AISA)
Mr Otto Saki (Ford Foundation)

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