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Rights Groups Warn Against New Zim Elections

Church and human rights groups in Zimbabwe have warned against new elections saying the situation in the country is ‘highly volatile, uncertain and tense’ after a bloody presidential run-off election two years ago.

In a press statement, the group, which include the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, the Christian Alliance and the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe, state that, "The polarised environment does not favour the holding of elections as violence would most likely erupt."

2010 Elections: Tanzanians Have Spoken

Tanzanians headed to the polls in the country’s general elections which was held last Sunday. Despite being declared ‘free and fair, transparent’ by the six presidential candidates including - Jakaya Kikwete (Chama Cha Mapinduzi), Prof. Ibrahim Lipumba (Civic United Front) and Dr Wilbrod Slaa of Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) – few challenges characterised these elections. Some eligible voters could not cast their votes because their names were not appearing on the voter register and the country’s National Election Commission (NEC) did nothing about it.

Vote Ruling Party, NGO Tells Voters

Zambian NGO, the Authentic Advocates for Justice and Democracy (AAJD) has urged voters to vote for the ruling party in the parliamentary by-elections to benefit from economic development through easier links.

AAJD argues that opposition-controlled constituencies lag behind in development because of the missing link with the Government.

Zanzibar Holds a Referendum

Zanzibar held a referendum aimed at forming a coalition after upcoming polls in a bid to neutralise the blood and hatred that have blighted the Tanzanian islands' politics for decades.

The referendum got under way peacefully on the semi-autonomous territory's two islands of Unguja and Pemba and the principle of a national unity government following 31 October polls was expected to be widely endorsed.

Activists Lobby AU Over Elections

Several key Zimbabwean activists took part in a roundtable discussion in Kampala, where they intend to lobby the African Union (AU) to take a prominent role in ensuring Zimbabwe's next elections are free and fair.

Under the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, the activists say they want to urge leaders at the AU summit, to ensure that Zimbabwe is sufficiently prepared to hold credible, free and fair elections and that the AU stands ready to monitor and observe those elections.

HRW Criticises Rwanda's Insecurity and Repression

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that insecurity and political repression are increasing in advance of Rwanda's August 2010 presidential elections.

HRW Africa director, Rona Peligal, points out that the security situation is rapidly deteriorating, adding that with only 45 days left before the election, the government is lashing out to silence its opponents and critics.

EISA Changes Name

The Electoral Institute for Southern Africa (EISA), a NGO whose work focuses on balloting and electoral Services; conflict management, democracy and electoral education; governance institutions and processes and elections and political processes, has changed its name to the Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa.

EISA has evolved from an election NGO servicing Southern Africa into a more diversified organisation working throughout the continent with national, regional, Pan-African and global partners.

EISA Changes Name

The Electoral Institute for Southern Africa (EISA), a NGO whose work focuses on balloting and electoral Services; conflict management, democracy and electoral education; governance institutions and processes and elections and political processes, has changed its name to the Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa.

EISA has evolved from an election NGO servicing Southern Africa into a more diversified organisation working throughout the continent with national, regional, Pan-African and global partners.

Single Electoral System by 2014

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has announced that South Africa will have a single election for all spheres of government by 2014.

Minister Sicelo Shiceka, who made the announcement at the South African Local Government Association’s (SALGA) member assembly in Kimberley, argues that the country is constantly busy with elections and there is no time to deliver services.

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