This chapter on elections and electoral systems in Zimbabwe follows the same format as all the other country chapters in the book. The first section is introductory and contains a historical overview, discussion of the evolution of electoral provisions, an account of the current electoral provisions, and a comment on the electoral statistics. The second section consists of ten tables. These are: 2.1 Dates of National Elections, Referendums, and Coups d’Etat (there have been no referendums or coups d’état); 2.2 Electoral Body 1980–1996 (data on population size, registered voters, and votes cast); 2.3 Abbreviations (abbreviations and full names of political parties and alliances used in tables 2.6, 2.7, and 2.9); 2.4 Electoral Participation of Parties and Alliances 1980–1996 (participation of political parties and alliances in chronological order and including the years and number of contested elections); 2.5 Referendums (none held); 2.6 Elections for Constitutional Assembly (none held); 2.7 Parliamentary Elections 1980–1995 (details of registered voters and votes cast); 2.8 Composition of Parliament 1980–1995; 2.9 Presidential Elections 1990–1996 (details of registered voters and votes cast); and 2.10 List of Power Holders 1980–1998.
Keywords: alliances, elections, electoral body, electoral participation, electoral provisions, electoral statistics, electoral systems, history, national elections, parliamentary composition, parliamentary elections, political parties, power holders, presidential elections, registered voters, votes cast, Zimbabwe
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