Can­di­dates flock to nom­i­na­tion courts

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As­pir­ing can­di­dates who spoke to The Chron­i­cle com­mended Zec for con­duct­ing the process in a smooth and pro­fes­sional man­ner.

Zanu-PF MP for Pe­land­aba-Mpopoma, Cde Joseph Tshuma, who was one of the first can­di­dates to suc­cess­fully sub­mit their pa­pers, said although Zec was over­whelmed with a huge num­ber of as­pir­ing can­di­dates, they han­dled the nom­i­na­tion process well.

“I am happy the process went well de­spite the de­lays be­cause of the huge num­bers. I am now look­ing for­ward to re­tain­ing my seat on be­half of my party Zanu-PF,” he said.

MDC Al­liance can­di­date for a sen­a­to­rial seat Mr David Coltart said: “The num­ber of as­pir­ing can­di­dates was quite over­whelm­ing and surely what can you ex­pect dur­ing the nom­i­na­tion.”

Zapu can­di­date for the Na­tional As­sem­bly seat in Bu­l­awayo Cen­tral Mr Strike Mkandla hailed Zec, say­ing the elec­toral body was ef­fi­cient in the man­ner it han­dled the ex­er­cise.

Some as­pir­ing can­di­dates, no­tably MDC-T Na­tional As­sem­bly can­di­date for Njube Mr Gift Banda, were ini­tially turned away be­cause their pa­pers were not in or­der and they had to quickly rec­tify the anom­aly.

Scores of as­pir­ing coun­cil­lors turned up at the Bu­l­awayo Small City Hall to file their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers. By 10AM, the coun­cil cham­bers were swarm­ing with as­pir­ing can­di­dates. Zec of­fi­cials at­tended to them promptly. Pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer, Mrs Sithem­biso Khuphe said 328 can­di­dates had filed their nom­i­na­tion forms.

She said 221 can­di­dates filed their pa­pers be­fore the Nom­i­na­tion day with 107 fil­ing yes­ter­day. By 7PM yes­ter­day there were nine pend­ing cases. “We can­not an­nounce re­sults be­fore we have solved the pend­ing cases be­fore us. The can­di­dates would have to say whether they are with­draw­ing or do­ing the cor­rec­tions. We are likely to an­nounce by mid­night,” said Mrs Khuphe.

Out­go­ing coun­cil­lors also filed their pa­pers with some of them ex­press­ing hope that they will be re-elected.

At West Com­mon­age Court in Bu­l­awayo where can­di­dates from dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Mata­bele­land North prov­ince were sub­mit­ting their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers, the Zec pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer Mr Mark Ndlovu an­nounced names of those who had sub­mit­ted their pa­pers dur­ing the pre-nom­i­na­tion process be­fore re­ceiv­ing the new sub­mis­sions. Those as­pir­ing to be coun­cil­lors were sub­mit­ting their pa­pers at nom­i­na­tion courts set up in ev­ery district in their prov­ince.

Hun­dreds of as­pir­ing can­di­dates from dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties flooded the courts to sub­mit their pa­pers, re­sult­ing in the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers fail­ing to com­plete the process by 4PM.

By 7PM, Zec of­fi­cers were still re­ceiv­ing sub­mis­sions from the can­di­dates who had ar­rived at the courts be­fore 4PM.

Although it took longer than ex­pected, the can­di­dates hailed Zec for the smooth process, say­ing the new dis­pen­sa­tion was lead­ing by ex­am­ple. They said peo­ple should co-ex­ist in har­mony, re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.

Can­di­dates said they were im­pressed by the re­la­tion­ship among peo­ple from dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties, which shows that the coun­try’s democ­racy has ma­tured tremen­dously.

In Binga, the Nom­i­na­tion Court sat at the Binga Ru­ral District Coun­cil board­room where pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers from ZEC re­ceived and checked nom­i­na­tion pa­pers from as­pir­ing coun­cil­lors from dif­fer­ent par­ties.

The as­pir­ing can­di­dates said they pre­sented their nom­i­na­tion forms and other doc­u­ments with­out hus­sles as they had pre­pared well.

Mr Otai Mat­i­beki who wants to con­test ward 14 for Zapu said he wanted to en­sure the lo­cal author­ity pro­vides wa­ter to the district. Cde Make­more Mudimba who is rep­re­sent­ing Zanu-PF in Ward six said his agenda will be around de­vel­op­ment of wa­ter bod­ies and schools.

Cllr Ju­dith Sibanda, the MDC Al­liance sit­ting coun­cil­lor who is seek­ing re-elec­tion for ward 24, said she was con­cerned that she was the only fe­male coun­cil­lor for Binga ru­ral out of the 24 wards. She en­cour­aged women to take up po­si­tions.

them were women.

The Min­istry said since the cur­rent com­pli­ca­tions were re­ported in ado­les­cents and women of child bear­ing age only, Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue switch­ing to DTG on a na­tional level in 2019 as a first op­tion (first line) as ini­tially planned, to the rest of the pop­u­la­tion.

“Min­istry would want to in­form our part­ners and the pub­lic that the po­ten­tial safety is­sues raised in the WHO state­ment af­fect only women liv­ing with HIV of child bear­ing age us­ing

In Mid­lands Prov­ince, the Nom­i­na­tion Court for Sen­a­to­rial, Na­tional As­sem­bly, Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil and Women’s Quota sat at the Gweru Mag­is­trates Court. The sub­mis­sion of the nom­i­na­tion pa­pers started at 10AM. The Nom­i­na­tion Court closed at 4PM. ZEC Mid­lands Elec­tions Of­fi­cer, Mrs Dor­cas Mpofu, said she was still to com­pile the to­tal num­ber of can­di­dates who had sub­mit­ted their nom­i­na­tions pa­pers by 4PM.

“We are still look­ing at pa­pers of those whom we asked to bring enough doc­u­men­ta­tion that was re­quired. We are still to count the to­tal num­ber of the peo­ple who sub­mit­ted their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers,” she said.

Zanu PF Mid­lands Pro­vin­cial spokesper­son Cde Cor­nelius Mpereri said all 40 Zanu PF as­pir­ing can­di­dates had suc­cess­fully sub­mit­ted their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers. MDC Al­liance Gweru Ur­ban as­pir­ing can­di­date Ad­vo­cate Brian Dube said his party was happy with the nom­i­na­tion process.

For­mer Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Deputy Min­is­ter Tapi­wanashe Matan­gaidze sub­mit­ted his pa­pers as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Shu­rugwi South. He was last year ex­pelled from Zanu-PF on al­le­ga­tions of fan­ning fac­tion­al­ism.

Zanu-PF re­placed Cde Gla­dys Si­mango, who was a can­di­date un­der the women’s quota, who died on Tues­day, with Cde Miriam Mak­weya who was the first run­ner-up in the pri­mary elec­tions. For­mer Zanu PF Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Kwekwe Cen­tral Masango Matam­banadzo filed his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers un­der Na­tional Pa­tri­otic Front (NPF). Kwekwe Cen­tral has 12 as­pir­ing can­di­dates who have filed their pa­pers.

There was chaos in the MDC Al­liance camp when two can­di­dates Messrs Osh­erd Mu­tun­hami and Daniel Mabonga, who are both vy­ing for Shu­rugwi South con­stituency, showed up to file their pa­pers. Mr Mabonga was forced to with­draw and filed his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date in protest af­ter Mr Mu­tun­hami was im­posed as the MDC Al­liance can­di­date.

In an in­ter­view, Mr Mabonga said he was en­dorsed by MDC Al­liance pres­i­dent Ad­vo­cate Nel­son Chamisa.

Can­di­dates from Mata­bele­land South Prov­ince filed their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers for the na­tional as­sem­bly, sen­a­to­rial, women’s quar­ter and pro­vin­cial coun­cil to the nom­i­na­tion court at the Gwanda Mag­is­trate’s Court.

In an in­ter­view, Zanu-PF Sec­re­tary for In­for­ma­tion and Pub­lic­ity, Cde Si­mon Khaya Moyo, who filed his pa­pers for Bulil­ima Mangwe sen­a­to­rial seat, said the day was im­por­tant not only to the Zanu-PF party but the whole na­tion.

He said the party was op­ti­mistic that all can­di­dates would make it through the nom­i­na­tion courts as they had made a thor­ough check to en­sure all pa­pers were in or­der.

Zanu-PF Na­tional As­sem­bly can­di­dates; Cdes Al­bert Ngu­lu­vhe (Beit­bridge East) and Ruth Maboyi (Beit­bridge West); sen­a­tor for Beit­bridge Tam­budzani Mo­hadi and Pro­por­tional Rep­re­sen­ta­tion Leg­is­la­ture Lisa Singo filed their pa­pers at the Gwanda Mag­is­trate Court.

Cde Ngu­lu­vhe said he was con­fi­dent of win­ning the seat with a com­fort­able mar­gin. A to­tal of 42 can­di­dates suc­cess­fully filed their doc­u­ments to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in Beit­bridge’s ru­ral 15 wards.

The suc­cess­ful can­di­dates were from Zanu PF, MDC Al­liance, FreeZim Con­gress and Peo­ple’s Rain­bow Coali­tion.

Cde Si­bongile Chauke (Zanu PF) was on cloud nine af­ter she was de­clared the coun­cil­lor for Le­santh Ward 13 where no other can­di­date had chal­lenged her.

Mean­while, our Harare Bu­reau, Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (Zec) yes­ter­day said it was sat­is­fied with the way the nom­i­na­tion process pro­ceeded de­spite in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence by the Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change Al­liance.

In an in­ter­view at Harare Mag­is­trates Court where she vis­ited to as­sess the process, Zec chair­per­son Jus­tice Priscilla Chigumba, how­ever, said there were re­ports vi­o­lence.

“It is quite sat­is­fac­tory. I just want to re­it­er­ate that Zec has availed copies of pro­vi­sional vot­ers roll. We are as­sist­ing as­pir­ing can­di­dates those who might not know if those who have nom­i­nated them are in the vot­ers roll,” said Jus­tice Chigumba.

DTG, and not the rest of the pop­u­la­tion. There­fore, Min­istry still plans a tran­si­tion to DTG later in 2019 for the rest of the pop­u­la­tion. “Min­istry will de­fer the tran­si­tion to DTG for women liv­ing with HIV of child-bear­ing age, who in­tend to fall preg­nant, un­til these safety is­sues have been ad­dressed,” reads part the state­ment. “These women (of child-bear­ing age) will con­tinue to take efa­vorenz-based reg­i­mens as a safe and ef­fec­tive first line reg­i­men un­til fur­ther data is avail­able,” fur­ther reads the state­ment.

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