Elections August or September next year
Six Zanu-PF negotiators have agreed with negotiators from the two MDC factions that elections should be scheduled for August or September next year in line with the roadmap for elections as contained in the Global Political Agreement.
The draft constitution should be ready for a referendum in September of this year which will then lead the way to new rules for the conduct of elections. Other changes include media reforms and changes to the rule of law. If the referendum is held and the constitution passed then amendments to current laws could be in place by early to mid 2012. However, there have already been severe delays in drafting the new constitution and further delays are likely.
As is so often the case in Zimbabwe there is no early indication as to whether President Robert Mugabe agrees with the decision reached.