SCHOOLS TO CLOSE EARLY DUE TO FORTHCOMING POLLS

ZIMBABWE: ELECTIONS/THE HERALD/15/6/18 SABANews 1

Polling stations open on 30 July (Pic. The Zimbabwean)

HARARE – The government of ZIMBABWE says schools across the SADC country are this term closing as early as 11 days from now due to the forthcoming general elections.

The votes for councillors, members of the TOW houses of the National Assembly, as well as a State President are taking place on the 30TH of this month.

THE HERALD newspaper says Primary and Secondary Education Secretary SYLVIA UTETE MASANGO has issued a statement today.

She says the authorities have decided to bring forward the THIRD Term to the FOURTH of SEPTEMBER to make up for the lost time. But there has not yet been any comment from teacher organisations on the issue.

The announcement comes as 15 presidential aspirants have so far registered with the national Electoral Commission, with FIVE-MILLION-524-THOUSAND-188 voters registered nationwide.

The major contestants are President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA of the ruling ZANU-PF, NELSON CHAMISA of the MDC ALLIANCE and THOKOZANI KHUPE of the MDC-T.

NOAH MANYIKA, VIOLET MARIYACHA, EVERISTO CHIKANGA, BRYAN MTEKI, LANGTON TAUNGANA, DIVINE HOVE, BLESSING KASIYAMHURU, and JOICE MUJURU have also registered for the race.

The last FOUR are KWANELE HLABANGANI, MAPFUMO GAVA, LOVEMORE MADHUKU, and NKOSANA MOYO .

Electoral Commissioner QHUBANI MOYO says the nomination process went on well throughout the 10 administrative regions of the SADC country.

ZIMBABWE is this year holding general elections for the FIRST time without the 94-year-old former dictator ROBERT MUGABE, who is reportedly backing ONE of the opposition groups.

President MNANGAGWA has departed from the political practices of his predecessor and invited almost everyone throughout the globe to come and observe the ballots, which has seen no inter-party violence from the start.

Media reports say the EUROPEAN UNION is for the FIRST time in 16 years deploying its teams to monitor the voting process in the country.

The EU imposed what it called smart sanctions against ZIMBABWE in FEBRUARY 2002 after the MUGABE Administration kicked out the leader of the group’s election monitors, SWEDISH Diplomat PIERRE SCHORI.

However, it was clear from the start the embargo was due to the massive land invasions that displaced the FOUR-THOUSAND-500 white settler farmers; who occupied almost all of the arable land to resettle millions of impoverished indigenous blacks.

Political commentators say the UNITED KINGDOM would not have bated an eye had it not been the affected were BRITISH emigrants or their descendants, who had enjoyed the riches of the country since colonisation in 1890.

ZIMBABWE has also received voter observation pledges from regional and continental economic blocs including the AU, SADC, COMESA, as well as so-called pro-democracy organisations./Sabanews/cam