In a statement, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) chief executive officer Patrick Mavhura said they have taken necessary steps as prescribed by the Constitution and allocated airtime to all participating political parties.
Mavhura said ZBC is recording and broadcasting the three mandatory elections programmes namely; The Candidate, The Manifesto and The Discussion on both radio and television. He states that the ZBC News and Current Affairs Department has increased the daily coverage of various political parties activities which are broadcast on radio and television news bulletins. Mavhura said they have called out for political parties to submit their advertisements and have allocated airtime to all parties. Said Mavhura:
Accordingly, ZBC has since allocated airtime to all participating political parties as stipulated by the law. However, I would like to inform political parties who have not heeded the call to bring in their political advertisements that airtime which is not utilised will be forfeited. This means that there is no banking of airtime as it does not accrue but is forfeited. Political parties will be given the remaining airtime by the time they request for it.