Zec starts in­spect­ing names of can­di­date nom­i­na­tors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba

THE Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (Zec) in Bu­l­awayo province yes­ter­day started in­spect­ing names of nom­i­na­tors listed on as­pir­ing can­di­dates’ nom­i­na­tion forms, fol­low­ing the re­lease of the fi­nal vot­ers’ roll.

Ac­cord­ing to the elec­toral re­quire­ments, each as­pir­ing can­di­date should have at least five nom­i­na­tors supporting their sub­mis­sion and th­ese should be reg­is­tered vot­ers. Zec, how­ever, had to wait for the re­lease of the fi­nal vot­ers’ roll to check whether the listed nom­i­na­tors were reg­is­tered to vote.

The Nom­i­na­tion Court sits to­mor­row to re­ceive names of as­pir­ing can­di­dates ahead of har­monised elec­tions set for July 30.

Bu­l­awayo District Elec­tions Of­fi­cer Mrs Sithem­biso Khupe yes­ter­day con­firmed that they had re­ceived the vot­ers’ roll. “As­pir­ing can­di­dates have been lodg­ing their nom­i­na­tion papers since Mon­day last week and we’ve been fil­ing them with­out checking the le­git­i­macy of their nom­i­na­tors. We’ve since re­ceived the fi­nal vot­ers investigations. roll and we can now check. Those who might have listed nom­i­na­tors that are not reg­is­tered vot­ers will be called to the Zec of­fices to col­lect their list be­fore the nom­i­na­tion court sits on Thurs­day,” she said.

Mrs Khupe said the sub­mis­sion of nom­i­na­tion papers was go­ing on well with a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of as­pir­ing can­di­dates having com­pleted the process.

She urged those who have not sub­mit­ted their papers to do so on time to avoid the last-minute rush.

“As­pir­ing can­di­dates can still sub­mit their papers when the nom­i­na­tion court sits on Thurs­day, al­though it’s an ad­van­tage for them to bring them be­fore Thurs­day,” said Mrs Khupe. “When the nom­i­na­tion court opens on Thurs­day, names of can­di­dates who would have suc­cess­fully lodged their papers will be an­nounced be­fore nom­i­na­tion of­fi­cers start re­ceiv­ing sub­mis­sions from oth­ers”.

Zec re­cently re­leased the 2018 har­monised elec­tions roadmap in­di­cat­ing that there would be inspection of nom­i­na­tion papers by the pub­lic on Fri­day, the es­tab­lish­ment of a multi-party li­ai­son com­mit­tee on Satur­day and Sun­day and the sub­mis­sion of Nom­i­na­tion Court re­sults by prov­inces on Sun­day June 17 and Mon­day June 18.

On June 25, Zec will pub­lish the Nom­i­na­tion Court re­sults while on June 28 the com­mis­sion will gazette con­stituency election of­fi­cers and their ad­dresses. From June 29 to July 6, Zec will be pro­cess­ing and dis­patch­ing postal votes be­fore host­ing an ob­server brief­ing on July 7 and pub­lish­ing a list of polling sta­tions on July 10. On July 11 there will be an election of Coun­cil of Chiefs and train­ing of su­per­vi­sors for voter ed­u­ca­tion for polling on July 12 and 13 be­fore the train­ing and de­ploy­ment of voter ed­u­ca­tors for polling on July 15 and 16.

The new Bio­met­ric Voter Reg­is­tra­tion (BVR) vot­ing sys­tem, which cap­tured vot­ers’ bio­met­ric fea­tures, will be used for the first time in na­tional elec­tions.

In essence, it is meant to curb dou­ble vot­ing by in­el­i­gi­ble peo­ple, in­clud­ing pos­si­ble in­fla­tion of votes for participating can­di­dates. Govern­ment is work­ing on en­sur­ing that this year’s elec­tions are trans­par­ent, cred­i­ble, free and fair. Zec chair­per­son Jus­tice Priscilla Chigumba re­cently said the new vot­ing sys­tem was tam­per-proof. — @pame­lashumba1 MEM­BERS of Par­lia­ment from Bu­l­awayo who were dis­qual­i­fied from con­test­ing in the Zanu-PF pri­mary elec­tions two months ago have re­port­edly joined the Na­tional Pa­tri­otic Front (NPF) party and will con­test in the up­com­ing elec­tions.

Pu­mula and Nku­lumane rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Na­tional Assem­bly Mr Godfrey Mal­aba and Mr Kil­lian Sibanda were dis­qual­i­fied by the Zanu-PF na­tional com­mis­sariat after a vet­ting process was done be­fore the party’s pri­mary elec­tions.

The NPF, which re­cently split, is a po­lit­i­cal project linked to former Pres­i­dent Mr Robert Mu­gabe and his wife Grace.

It’s mem­bers in­clude the project’s act­ing leader Mrs Nomthandazo Eu­nice Moyo, Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo, Mr Pa­trick Zhuwao, Mr Saviour Ka­sukuwere and Mr Jeal­ousy Mawarire.

Mr Mal­aba yes­ter­day could nei­ther con­firm nor deny join­ing the NPF party, say­ing time will tell. “We’ll see whether it’s true or not. Per­son­ally I think it’s noth­ing to talk about. Peo­ple are just ex­cited over noth­ing,” he said.

Sources from Nku­lumane and Pu­mula con­stituen­cies told The Chron­i­cle that Mr Mal­aba and Mr Sibanda were al­ready mo­bil­is­ing peo­ple to join the NPF and were go­ing to con­test in the elec­tions. The two were re­port­edly seen at­tend­ing NPF meet­ings held in Harare last week. Mr Sibanda was yes­ter­day not reach­able on his mo­bile phone.

On Fri­day last week, a fac­tion led by Mr Mawarire called for a Press con­fer­ence in Harare and an­nounced it had re­called Bri­gadier Gen­eral Am­brose Mutin­hiri (Re­tired), who was the NPF in­terim leader and ap­pointed Mrs Moyo.

Mr Mawarire said the party was go­ing into a coalition with MDC Al­liance.

Rtd Brig Mutin­hiri, how­ever, ad­dressed a Press con­fer­ence and in­sisted he was the NPF in­terim pres­i­dent and founder of the po­lit­i­cal out­fit, who could not be dis­missed by un­elected peo­ple. He an­nounced that the NPF will hold a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing to elect a sub­stan­tive na­tional ex­ec­u­tive. — @pame­lashumba1

The late Ryan Siz­iba

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