Long-term incumbent President Robert Mugabe announced that he would run for another term in 2018, and was adopted as the ZANU-PF candidate despite the fact that he will be 94 at the time of the elections. Should he win, he will not be able to seek another term. Should a victorious Mugabe resign or die during his final term, a successor can be appointed without an election.
However, delaying the return to even a semblance of democratic rule, the government won’t stage elections until they are sure that they will win.
It is said that the member of the regime’s legislature insisted elections will happen but a decree has already been passed by the president. Mugabe says Zimbabwe is not yet ready for elections.
This comes after opposition parties including the MDC (Movement of Democratic Change) and ZimPF (Zimbabwe People First) joined forces to oust Mugabe’s regime and our analysts claim this is the possible reason why the elections are being stalled.
Zanu PF has regularly expressed its “commitment” to its citizens for restoring democracy and ‘fixing’ the economy which it first vowed would happen since 2002 but they have been failing dismally.
The General elections were scheduled to be held in Zimbabwe on or before 31 July 2018.
Source: The Tribune