Majority of aspiring candidates file papers successfully

By Marsha Sengwe


MORE than 80 percent of parliament, senate and provincial council aspiring
candidates in Mashonaland Central Province were able to file their nomination
papers with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s Nomination Court in Bindura on
The provincial ZEC elections officer, Thenjiwe Mnkhandla, presided over the
submission of the papers.
Speaking to Nehanda Guardian after closing nomination at 4pm, she said the
process went off smoothly though with a few hiccups in some instances.
“The most common problem we had was that of individuals with torn and short birth
certificates while others had soiled identity cards but, we managed to rectify all those
“And those who really wanted to submit their papers submitted,” she said.
Politicians besides belonging to different political affiliations showed maturity and
had the process peacefully, others greeted each other through handshakes while
others hugged.
She said about four political parties appeared to have submitted their candidates’
credentials and these are Zanu PF, Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC), United
Zimbabwe Alliance and MDC.
There were also many other individuals who submitted their papers as independent
candidates and among them was former Zanu PF youth league commissar, Godfrey
Tsenengamu, who is eyeing the Mt Darwin South constituency, where he is hoping
to be a legislator.
Two political parties, Zanu PF and CCC will be on each other’s throat across the
whole province, where they have fielded their candidates.
The hotly contested constituencies in the province are Mt Darwin South and North,
Bindura South and North, Guruve South and Mazowe North. These constituencies
will see all parties fielding a candidate while independent candidates are also in the
Labbanny Munemo, Zanu PF Mt Darwin North House of Assembly candidate hailed
his party for meeting his and other party candidates’ nomination fees.
The ruling party paid its candidates’ nomination fees except for a few others
financially fit.

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