This report provides a contextual analysis of the emerging developments of concern within the period of review. Of importance is that President Emmerson Mnangagwa made the election date proclamation on 31 May 2023 to espouse 23 August as polling day. This was followed by nomination processes that were characterised by some interesting developments that will be covered by this report in the period under review. Since the proclamation, there were various problematic developments that included an increase in intra-party and interparty election-related political violence and selective application of the law. These developments point to the playing field for political opponents not being even already before polling day.
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