Zanu-PF de­ploys mas­sive election cam­paign ma­chin­ery

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Harare Bu­reau

A HIGH level Zanu-PF Elec­tions Di­rec­torate, com­posed of se­nior Polit­buro mem­bers, is seized with the party’s 2018 election roadmap which is tar­get­ing a ro­bust win­ning strat­egy that en­com­passes voter reg­is­tra­tion, mo­bil­i­sa­tion, re­search and draft­ing a man­i­festo.

The di­rec­torate, led by the party’s na­tional sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Dr Ig­natius Chombo, last week be­gan spear­head­ing na­tion­wide meet­ings which are adopt­ing tac­tics on con­duct­ing ed­u­ca­tional cam­paigns on voter reg­is­tra­tion.

Yes­ter­day, the di­rec­torate vis­ited Bin­dura to ed­u­cate party mem­bers on the new bio­met­ric voter reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem that re­quires all Zim­bab­wean vot­ers to regis­ter anew. The ex­er­cise is ex­pected to be con­ducted in Mashona­land West with the team con­clud­ing with Mid­lands and Mata­bele­land North prov­inces dur­ing the course of the week. Last week, the team met party of­fi­cials in Bu­l­awayo, Mata­bele­land North, Harare, Mashona­land East, Man­i­ca­land and Masvingo. The rul­ing party is tar­get­ing over five mil­lion votes dur­ing the next elec­tions.

Part of the strat­egy en­tails en­sur­ing all cur­rent mem­bers in var­i­ous struc­tures regis­ter to vote, while a mas­sive drive to lure first time youth vot­ers is also be­ing rolled out. The strat­egy tar­gets, among oth­ers, stu­dents at higher and ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, who con­sti­tute a large chunk of new vot­ers.

Dr Chombo told our Harare Bu­reau that Zanu-PF would soon de­ploy the full might of its election cam­paign ma­chin­ery and of­fer a ro­bust mes­sage that will win the hearts of mil­lions. A polit­buro com­mit­tee made up of tech­nocrats has al­ready been es­tab­lished to draft an election cam­paign man­i­festo whose mes­sage will cen­tre on eco­nomic re­vival, peace and sta­bil­ity, em­ploy­ment cre­ation and de­vel­op­ment, among other things.

The man­i­festo will also fo­cus on en­gi­neer­ing eco­nomic suc­cess through home-grown so­lu­tions such as the suc­cess­ful Com­mand Agri­cul­ture pro­gramme. Our Harare Bu­reau un­der­stands that the com­mit­tee met last Wed­nes­day for a brain­storm­ing ses­sion. Sources say the meet­ing was a re­sound­ing suc­cess. Mo­bil­i­sa­tion of the party’s sup­port­ers is ex­pected to in­ten­sify in all prov­inces in the wake of the suc­cess of the Pres­i­den­tial Youth In­ter­face

Ral­lies that saw the party flex­ing its mus­cles as a mean mo­bil­is­ing ma­chine.

In an in­ter­view last Thurs­day, Dr Chombo said, “From now un­til next year’s elec­tions, our party is not go­ing to rest as we will work round the clock to put in place strate­gies that will make us win the elec­tions. In that re­gard, our fo­cus at the mo­ment is the voter reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise. The elec­tions di­rec­torate was ap­pointed by the Polit­buro last week (a fort­night ago) and it is go­ing to carry out a num­ber of pro­grammes un­til the elec­tions next year.

“What the team is seized with right now is to get our mem­bers to regis­ter to vote. Team com­prises my­self as the chair, the na­tional com­mis­sar, the women’s league, youth league and war vet­er­ans’ lead­er­ship, the party spokesper­son will be with us. We are in top gear, we are ready to move and we are mov­ing.

“We are go­ing to go cell by cell to make sure that all our cell mem­bers are reg­is­tered. A cell is an im­por­tant unit of the party so we want to make sure that every­one in ev­ery cell is reg­is­tered and we move on. We are ask­ing all our peo­ple now, all our dis­tricts to make sure that they have the rel­e­vant doc­u­ments and to go and regis­ter to vote.

“From cell, branch, dis­trict, prov­inces and na­tional level; this is now a ma­jor cam­paign that we are go­ing through, that is why we have vis­ited sev­eral prov­inces al­ready.”

Dr Chombo said the ed­u­ca­tion ex­er­cise is sig­nif­i­cant as it would lay the foun­da­tion to de­liver the poll vic­tory.

“This is why we are go­ing to win. We are go­ing to make sure that all Zanu-PF mem­bers are reg­is­tered to vote, that’s our pro­gramme and plan.”

An uniden­ti­fied cy­clist car­ries two chil­dren on the back of his bi­cy­cle as they head home af­ter at­tend­ing school in Pe­land­aba, Bu­l­awayo last week

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