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It Might Soon Be Illegal For Political Parties To Access Personal Mobile Numbers

Data breaches and invasion of privacy are rarely discussions that captivate the majority of Zimbabwean audiences but last year there was one invasion that seemed to stir up the hornet’s nest. During the 2018 campaign season, ZANU-PF decided it would be a very good idea to send some mobile network subscribers very personal SMSs which […]


How Is The Contested Election Result Affecting Zimbabwe’s Re-engagement Plans?

There is no sufficient word to describe the last ten months in Zimbabwe. We saw events we never thought we would get to see in this ‘peace-loving’ nation of ours. Each of those events had a profound effect on the outlook of the ordinary citizen. A nation accustomed to hardship in the last two decades […]


ZEC Acknowledges Their Website Was Hacked But They Managed To Take It Down After 11 Minutes

Yesterday as the protests that took place in Harare were ongoing, hackers were also hard at work ensuring they were doing their part remotely. ZEC’s website was taken down and now the electoral commission has responded to questions regarding this development. Speaking about the hack at the Command Centre were election results are being announced, […]


Election Updates? Follow The Pindula News Live Blog, You Can Also Contribute To It

Today is the big day and so far indications are that Zimbabweans are turning up to exercise their democratic right and responsibility in very big numbers. Cool stuff. Our team at Pindula News is running a live blog of what’s happening across the country: images, video clips etc. You can check out the live blog […]


Follow The 2018 Elections With Our Selection Of 12 Twitter Accounts For The Latest News

We have selected the top 12 Twitter accounts for following the latest Zimbabwe election news and, so you can keep up with all the surprises and polling throughout the campaign as they happen. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of the biggest or best-known accounts. But these are the Twitter accounts that we judge […]


ZEC Chairperson Claims Their Website Was Cloned: Does That Statement Really Mean Anything?

Priscilla Chigumba the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commision has claimed that their website was cloned and it seems there has been a lot of confusion because of the statement. What’s all the noise about? Chigumba was being interviewed at Capitalk FM when she was asked about the privacy concerns that come with a detailed […]


Police Threaten To Track ‘Those Spreading Misleading Information On Social Media’

I said it before and I’ll say it again: welcome to the election season in Zimbabwe. The last time we had nation wide elections the internet penetration rate was just above 40%. Now the rate is above 52% and yup we can see the difference. There is a frenzy on social media: debates, citizen journalsim […]


An Online Tool To Help Zimbabwean Voters Analyse Political Parties. Even Better, The Tool Will Be Useful Even After The Elections

We are exactly three weeks away from the elections and we can feel it. Enthusiasts are posting the voters roll online without thinking through the privacy implications and politicians are desperately sending unsolicited and targeted messages to people without thinking how people will react to having their numbers and details in the hands of politicians. […]


Over A Year Later, A Few Weeks Before The Elections And BVR Myths Are Still Prevalent

This article was sponsored by Go Zim, a civic education campaign aimed at encouraging citizens to get out and vote on elections day. See more at GoZim.co.zw. In March of last year, Techzim published an article attempting to dispel the myths surrounding the introduction of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) in Zimbabwe. The technology, which captures voter’s fingerprints […]


[UPDATE: Search is now live] Want to register to vote? Finding a registration station has just been made easier

The 2018 elections are fast approaching and as Techzim wrote last week, ZEC has not made it easy for people to find registration stations. ZEC published the list of registration stations in the national paper which took a full fifteen pages. Finding the registration station closest to you in those 15 pages is almost like […]


Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) in Zimbabwe: Dispelling the myths

There have been a number of publications in the local media, quoting comments from various ‘experts’, and citing developments elsewhere, using these to cast aspersions on the use of biometrics in the upcoming Zimbabwe elections.  Examples of these publications are “Red Flag over Biometric Registration” (The Herald, 11 March 20017), “France’s Cancellation of e-voting: Eye-opener […]


Zimbabwe’s opposition parties plan demos against government’s takeover of Biometric Voter Registration procurement

Zimbabwe’s opposition parties which belong to the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) are planning to hold nationwide demonstrations against the government’s move to take over the procurement of the biometric voter registration (BVR) kits. Recently the Zimbabwe government through the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) stated that it was taking over the procurement of BVR kits from […]


Zimbabwe government takes over acquisition of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits from UNDP

The government of Zimbabwe has taken over the acquisition of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits, replacing the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which had stepped in because of Zimbabwe’s strained resources.


Zimbabwe rules out biometric voting in 2018 elections, electronic system for registration only

The national election body, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has announced that there will be no biometric voting or any form of electronic voting in 2018 and that the Biometric system being put in place is strictly for registration.