Former deputy Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, advocate Obert Gutu has said that Zimbabwe needs legislation that will regulate the registration of political parties.
He added that at the moment, there are numerous but ineffective political parties. His remarks come as 23 individuals contested for president in the 2018 elections with some getting very insignificant votes as the 94% of the total votes cast was shared between ZANU PF’s (President) Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC-A’s Nelson Chamisa.
Speaking to the Daily News after the opposition MDC led by Nelson Chamisa confronted the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission over the recent registration of a new political party, MDC Zimbabwe, Gutu said:
A political party is a voluntary association but there should be certain rules and regulations that guide the registration of political parties to prevent the hazard of having numerous political parties that are, in reality, one-person bands.
He also speaks when another new party, ZANU PF Original recently notified ZEC of its existence, a move viewed by some as a strategy to divide the ZANU PF support base.
Meanwhile, there are some who believe that the presence of many political parties in the country reflected tolerance and democracy since citizens are allowed to join and form organisations they like.
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