Zanu-PF Politburo has released rules and regulations governing primary elections for Council, National Assembly, Senate and Women’s Quota.
Announcing the rules the party’s secretary for information Simon Khaya Moyo said war veterans will get a special dispensation subject to approval by the Provincial Election Commissions. Other requirements for candidates include five years of serving at District or Provincial level for Council and National Assembly seats, as well as being a fully paid up member of the party. Said Khaya Moyo:
For one to contest in National Assembly and women’s quota elections, one must have served in the province as a provincial member for a minimum of five years. In local authority elections, he or she should have served in the district effectively for a minimum of five years. Senate, unlike the National Assembly, is done on proportional representation in terms of how many votes each party gets per given province.
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He said for senatorial elections, each province would be divided into six geographical units, whose boundaries resemble those of the current senatorial constituencies. Said Khaya Moyo:
Elections shall be held in each of the six geographical units, whose boundaries are already known. Two candidates, comprising a man and woman who have received the highest votes in each such senatorial constituency, shall stand nominated to the party list. In the end, out of the 12 candidates, the choice shall be by secret ballot in each senatorial constituency and all members of the party shall be legible to vote as constituted from the voters cell register.
He said seniority would be determined by the current position in the party. Said Khaya Moyo:
There will obviously be applications for waivers and those shall be looked at by the respective organs. There will also be disqualifications, whose reasons include de-campaigning another member. Those who stand as independent candidates after losing primaries will automatically expel themselves from the party. We expect those who will have lost to support the winner. Veterans of the liberation struggle who desire to contest for any of the aforementioned positions shall qualify to stand for elections. They make their applications, some will qualify some will not.
The final list of candidates will be approved by the Central Committee.
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