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Farai Chirimumimba

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About Farai
Farai Chirimumimba is a freelance journalist specialising on writing on democracy,elections, gender and peacebuilding. He writes for Democracy Chronicles based in New York, United States and Spiked Online Media in Zimbabwe.
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The 2022 national census and the politics of delimitation ahead of 2023 general elections

12 Apr 2024  |  bulawayo24.com
The 2022 national census in Zimbabwe is constitutionally mandated and crucial for various reasons including determining population size, planning, and allocation of devolution funds. Its most significant role is in the delimitation process, which involves redrawing electoral boundaries based on census data and registered voters. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) will use the census data to adjust constituencies and wards, affecting political representation. The last delimitation was in 2008, and the upcoming one is critical for democracy, given past accusations of gerrymandering. The delimitation must be completed six months before the 2023 general elections to be applicable. The census and delimitation processes are essential for fair political representation and the legitimacy of elections.

Inside elections: Can the yellow wave shake-up Mashonaland East?

01 Oct 2023  |  bulawayo24.com
The article analyzes the potential impact of new electoral boundaries on the 2023 general election in Mashonaland East, focusing on the Citizens Coalition for Change's (CCC) chances to flip seats from ZANU-PF. It highlights historical voting patterns, the importance of voter turnout, and the effects of vote splitting. The article also discusses specific constituencies like Goromonzi North, Goromonzi West, Marondera West, and Seke, suggesting that these areas could become swing constituencies. The analysis underscores the challenges and opportunities for both CCC and ZANU-PF in the upcoming elections.

This year marks 38 years of ZANU-PF rule. What has the party achieved for the country? Where is the country going? All this questions are answered as we approached 100 days of the new political dispensation.

This article revisit some of the political highlights that dominated the political space in Zimbabwe from the coup to Mugabe's resignation after 37 years in power and the ascension of Emmerson Mnangagwa to power.

The coming in of President Emmerson Mnangagwa raises questions on whether he is sincere that he will strive to rebuild the economy. A economy that he was part of when it collapsed.

In Africa, the two-term presidential limit

08 Jul 2017  |  democracychronicles.org
The article discusses the trend of African leaders refusing to step down after their constitutionally mandated two terms, leading to what is termed as a 'third term crisis'. It highlights several African countries where leaders have either successfully extended their terms by amending constitutions or faced resistance from their citizens. Namibia's Sam Nujoma and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni managed to extend their terms, while Zambia's Fredrick Chiluba and Malawi's Bakili Muluzi did not. Cameroon's Paul Biya eliminated term limits, and Djibouti's Ismail Guelleh is on his fourth term. Controversies also arose in Burundi with Pierre Nkurunzinza and Rwanda with Paul Kagame's third-term bids. The article also mentions the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo with Joseph Kabila delaying elections. It contrasts these leaders with others who have honored term limits, including Nelson Mandela of South Africa, and notes that Zimbabwe's term limit will be effective in 2023.

Where is Africa’s Youth Vote?

14 Jun 2017  |  democracychronicles.org
The article discusses the significant age gap between African leaders and the continent's predominantly young population. It highlights the low political participation of youth in Africa, despite them being a majority. The African Economic Outlook report is cited, noting the continent's young working-age population and the potential for youth to drive economic and social development. The article references various countries, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya, pointing out the underrepresentation of youth in politics and voter rolls. It also mentions initiatives like the African Youth Charter and constitutional provisions in countries like Rwanda, Morocco, and Tunisia aimed at increasing youth political engagement. Upcoming general elections in Rwanda, Kenya, Angola, and Liberia are seen as opportunities for increased youth participation in politics.

Zimbabwe Electoral Reform Plans Are Just a Pipe Dream

31 May 2017  |  democracychronicles.org
The article discusses the need for free and fair elections, using the examples of Ghana and the United States to contrast with the situation in Zimbabwe. It highlights the issues with Zimbabwe's elections, which have been disputed since the 2000 parliamentary election, leading to conflicts and hindering development. The ruling party, ZANU-PF, has resisted electoral reforms, and efforts by NGOs and the Electoral Resource Center have not yielded public results. The article compares Zimbabwe's lack of progress with Kenya's successful electoral reforms achieved through demonstrations. It outlines the reforms needed in Zimbabwe, such as media access for opposition, an independent electoral commission, and voter education. The upcoming 2018 elections are seen as crucial for Zimbabwe's political stability and development, but it is uncertain if the government will implement the necessary reforms for a legitimate election.

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