CCC gives up 50 wards
Gweru (New Ziana) – The opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party said on Thursday it had failed to field candidates in 50 wards for the upcoming general elections.
The polls, to be held on August 23, will choose new presidential, parliamentary and local government representatives for the next five years.
Nomination courts sat countrywide on Wednesday to register candidates contesting in the elections for various political parties.
Judah Mike, an official of the CCC party in the Midlands province, told journalists the opposition group had failed to register candidates in 50 wards countrywide.
In the Midlands province alone, the ZANU-PF party secured 20 local government seats unopposed.
Some of the ward seats secured are those that the CCC could not field candidates in.
“Out of the 1970 wards nationwide, we could not field in some wards. This is the information I was given but was not told as to the reasons why the candidates failed to file nomination papers,” Mike said.
ZANU-PF, which has been in power since independence in 1980, is widely considered a front runner in the August vote, followed by the CCC party.