Banned political symbols

By Liberty Mutamba


THE Matabeleland South Provincial Elections Officer, Rabson Nyoni, walked through
aspiring candidates on the oncoming August 23 harmonised elections on the
symbols anyone may not use as their elections or party insignia.
At a meeting with candidates prior to the Nomination Court, Nyoni introduced them to
symbols that the Constitution of Zimbabwe prohibits for electoral purposes.
The Constitution of Zimbabwe prohibits the use of sixteen symbols according to the
Electoral Act Chapter 2:13 section 146. The following symbols are prohibited for use
as party symbols or independent candidates.
These are the Axe, Cobra, Elephant, Sword, Buffalo, Rhinoceros, Leopard, Owl,
Griffons, Cheetah, Flame lily, Secretary Bird, Laurel Wreath, Lion, Birds of Prey (e.g.
eagle) and a Flaming Torch.
"These are the prohibited ones," he said with the use of illustrative charts.
Nominations Courts sat on Wednesday, where aspiring candidates in local
government, House of Assembly, provincial council, senatorial and presidential
elections submitted their nominations either independently or as candidates of
political parties or groups.
The law requires all National Assembly aspiring candidates to be citizens of
Zimbabwe, to be registered voters, be above the age of 21 and have at least five
supporting members to nominate then in their respective constituency.
President Mnangagwa proclaimed August 23 as the general elections date.
He urged all political players to shun violence as the country draws nearer the polls

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