Tsvangirai says referendum in March


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Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said the referendum on the new constitution is likely to be held in March and this will be more of a formality. He told Bloomberg Television: “The referendum will be a formality… Since there is a consensus by all parties, I don’t think there is a descending voice. But you can’t rule out that other people are opposed not only to the process but the substance of the constitution. They are allowed. That is why we are putting it to the referendum… So by March we can go to a referendum.” Tsvangirai said elections will definitely be held this year. “Whilst we are going to the referendum, we are also concurrently having a voter registration and voter inspection process for two months. Then afterwards all the laws have to be aligned to the new constitution, which means you need more time to align some of the laws that are not in conformity with the new constitution and we hope that then we can then determine the date of the national elections.”

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