Justice Minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi has said that the government is reportedly designing plans to block all nonserious presidential aspirants.
He said that the government will not encourage participation at the expense of quality. He added that administrative measures were being taken to block chancers. Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Ziyambi said:
We are also looking at provisions that deal with nomination fees for Presidential candidates and that of people who nominate the President with a view of increasing them from 100 to maybe 1 000.
We want to revise the fees to make sure that they are reasonable.
As you saw, (in) the last election we had the largest pool of candidates in the history of the country. While we want to encourage participation, we also want to make sure that only serious candidates find their names on the ballot.
The decision was supported by independent election observer, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) which said that the move will cut costs for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
There were 23 presidential candidates in the 2018 elections.
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