Khupe, Chamisa fac­tions re­solve name & sym­bol im­passe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba / Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara

THE MDC-T fac­tion led by Mr Nel­son Chamisa will field its can­di­dates in the forth­com­ing elec­tions un­der the MDC Al­liance name while the ri­val fac­tion led by Dr Thokozani Khupe will stick with MDC-T.

The two fac­tions are locked in a court bat­tle over the use of the party’s name fol­low­ing an ac­ri­mo­nious fall out over the suc­ces­sion of the late found­ing MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai.

Deputy Pres­i­dent of the Dr Khupe led fac­tion, Mr Obert Gutu said they were go­ing un­der the name MDC-T but will adopt new party sym­bols.

“We are field­ing our can­di­dates un­der the name MDC-T un­der Dr Khupe and I’m sure you have al­ready seen our elec­tion sym­bol. It’s got an open palm and face of a young child in be­tween rais­ing the right hand,” said Mr Gutu.

He said their new sym­bol had al­ready been ac­cepted by Zec.

“Legally, we are per­fectly in good stand­ing in terms of the elec­tion sym­bol, there is a vari­a­tion. We are ab­so­lutely on the right side of the law. There is noth­ing to stop us from do­ing that and in­deed Zec has since ac­cepted our party sym­bol,” said Mr Gutu.

PDP leader Mr Tendai Biti, whose party is a mem­ber of the coalition, said as a group­ing of seven par­ties they would be us­ing the name MDC Al­liance for this elec­tion.

“The MDC Al­liance is an or­gan­i­sa­tion con­sist­ing of seven dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties and as such we are con­test­ing the elec­tions as an al­liance,” said Mr Biti.

The MDC-T fac­tions are fight­ing over the use of the name and party sym­bols and last month, the Supreme Court re­ferred the mat­ter to the High Court on an ur­gent ba­sis but it is yet to be set down.

Mean­while, all is set for the nom­i­na­tion court, which sits to­day, with the Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (Zec) ready to re­ceive nom­i­na­tion pa­pers from as­pir­ing can­di­dates from 10AM to 4PM.

Zec of­fi­cials yes­ter­day said they had re­ceived all the equip­ment that is nec­es­sary for the ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive run­ning of the nom­i­na­tion courts.

Elec­tions of­fi­cer for Bu­l­awayo prov­ince Mr In­no­cent Ncube said as­pir­ing Na­tional As­sem­bly can­di­dates will sub­mit their pa­pers at Tred­gold while those as­pir­ing to con­test in the lo­cal author­ity will sub­mit their pa­pers at the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil cham­bers.

“We’re ready for the nom­i­na­tion court and we still en­cour­age as­pir­ing can­di­dates to lodge their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on time to avoid the last minute rush.

“As­pir­ing can­di­dates for the lo­cal author­ity will go to the City Hall while the Na­tional As­sem­bly can­di­dates will go to Court 5 at Tred­gold,” said Mr Ncube.

Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial elec­tions of­fi­cer Mr Mark Ndlovu said Na­tional As­sem­bly can­di­dates from the prov­ince will sub­mit their pa­pers at West Com­mon­age Court in Bu­l­awayo while nine courts have been set up for the lo­cal author­ity can­di­dates.

“We’re ready for the nom­i­na­tion court with ev­ery­thing in place. We have set the West Com­mon­age Courts in Bu­l­awayo for Na­tional As­sem­bly as­pir­ing can­di­dates.

“For the lo­cal author­ity as­pir­ing can­di­dates we have nine courts, which in­clude three in Hwange Dis­trict and one in each of the re­main­ing six dis­tricts,” said Mr Ndlovu.

Zanu-PF na­tional spokesper­son Cde Si­mon Khaya Moyo said the rul­ing party was ready for the nom­i­na­tion court.

“All can­di­dates en­dorsed by the Polit­buro are pre­pared to do what is ex­pected of them and we’re happy that all is in place for Zec to re­ceive nom­i­na­tion pa­pers from all can­di­dates. I’m cer­tain the process will be smooth,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.—@ pame­lashumba1, @Aux­il­iaK

ZEC of­fi­cers fol­low pro­ceed­ings dur­ing re­hearsals at the nom­i­na­tion court in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day (Pic­ture by For­tu­nate Muzara­bani)

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