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Tsvangirai Vows to Press for Zimbabwe Electoral Reforms

FILE - Zimbabwean women react as they wait to casts their votes at a polling station in Domboshava, about 45 km (28 miles) north of Harare, July 31, 2013.

Movement for Democratic Change founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai, has vowed to keep up political pressure on the government and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to institute electoral reforms.

The MDC-T and other opposition political parties are boycotting elections to push for reforms.

But the non-participation is said to be causing serious friction in the MDC amid reports that Tsvangirai is clashing with his deputy, Thokozane Khupe.

Presently, parliament has 27 vacant seats, but eight of them will be filled through proportional representation.

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Some candidates for the forthcoming by-elections who spoke to Studio 7 said there was a low turn-out for Wednesday’s voter-registration exercise, which they claimed was poorly advertized.

Believe Gaule, Tsholotsho campaign team member for Zanu PF’s Tsholotsho North candidate, Professor Jonathan Moyo, said his team held a meeting with Moyo on Wednesday in preparation for the elections.

He said the party will also encourage the electorate to participate in the voter registration exercise.