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FINALIZATION OF ELECTORAL LAW REFORM CRITICAL TO CREDIBLE ELECTIONS- ZESN

16 April 2018 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) notes with concern delays by the Parliament of Zimbabwe to finalize the process of enacting comprehensive reforms to the Electoral Act in line with constitutional provisions. ZESN calls upon legislators and the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to urgently consider the proposed amendments to the electoral laws as further delays will only serve to jeopardize the credibility of the impending 2018 elections.

Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe has over one hundred political parties vying for 2018 elections.

Zimbabwe  - US Senators and EU visit Zimbabwe and talk on reforms. 

SIERRAN LEONE - Office of the President has made partial appointments

Fazila Mahomed | A dedicated professional with over two decades of international experience in production, reporting, programme coordination and media consulting, and through institutes like Press TV and Voice of America, she has done work in Somalia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, United States, Dubai, India, Pakistan, just to name a few.

Chinedu Offor | An award winning expert in world and African affairs worked with the VOA in Washington DC for over a decade and prominent news organizations in Nigeria, covering various issues on the continent. He is currently an elected Member of Parliament in Imo State south eastern Nigeria where he holds the position of Deputy Majority Leader in the State House of Assembly.

Oscar Habeenzu | A Web and Marketing creative with 20 years’ experience in building websites and growing brands via social and digital media, currently studying an MBA. He has done work in Zimbabwe, China, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Uganda, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa and Zambia.

Jacob Dhaafa | A television producer by profession for over 18 years in TV and film production holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Makerere University, Uganda. He has worked in war zones, that's Democractic Republic of Congo between 1999 - 2003, Uganda between 2001-2005 and Somalia 2014 and 2016-2017, doing commissioned documentaries for a number of NGOs among others.

Lawrence Chimunhu | A Photojournalist by profession, studied Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at Market Photo Workshop in South Africa, and has since been a Freelancer for various media houses including Daily News (Zimbabwe), African Election Headlines and other online publications.

Eric Kawa | An young award nominee and media personality Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Senegal, Eric is a former News Anchor, Reporter and Presenter and currently a second year student at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone pursuing a degree course in Mass Communication. He has also worked with several media institutions in and out of Sierra Leone contributing on popular African Channels like GH One TV, Joy News/FM in Accra, Ghana, and West Africa Democracy Radio (French Version) in Dakar, Senegal.

Chenjerai Makwiranzou | An investment banker by profession, is a media personality by passion, with 18 years’ experience in Banking and Development work in the areas of Livelihoods and Governance.

Victor Mabutho | A social media consultant, who loves music and sport all things elections and politics.

Sierra Leone - On Saturday, members of the Kamara’s All People’s Congress Party (APC) including the presidential candidate, his running mate and the secretary general of the party together with other senior members paid a courtesy visit to president Bio at his Juba Residence in Freetown.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his intention to see for a second term in office.

Rising from the ruling APC party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting in Abuja, President Buhari said his decision was in the best interest of the party and the country.

SIERRA LEONE - Violence continues among supporters of the SLPP and APC after announcement of runoff election results. The areas include Kenema,Makeni,Freetown,Kono and major areas in the country resulting to serious injuries.

Zimbabwe - Here is a copy of the much talked about Electoral Act of Zimbabwe, the one that major opposition parties and activists are calling for reforms based on.

The losing candidate in Sierra Leone's presidential election Samura Kamara announced his party will contest in court as massive ballot stuffing, over-voting and electoral irregularities have been reported.

Opposition candidate and former military junta leader Julius Maada Bio was sworn-in as the country's president on Wednesday after winning the tightly contested polls with  51.81 percent of votes.

We are going to be looking at the impact of music in politics, and just released is Killer T ft. Jah Prayzah song called "Hondo", on the album called Mashoko Anopfura.

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