MDC-T Diasporans participate in party elections

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The MDC-T has conducted provincial elections in its external assemblies of the United Kingdom, South Africa and the United States amid complaints from some party members in the Diaspora challenging the legitimacy of the outcome of the polls.

Party spokesperson Nelson Chamisa on Monday confirmed the elections in the Diaspora were held and said the party’s national chairman, Lovemore Moyo and Nkulumane MP, Tamsanqa Mahlangu had just returned from the US where they had been sent to conduct the polls.

Unlike its rival party, Zanu PF, the MDC-T has allowed its Diaspora community to participate in choosing party leadership at home.

However, Chamisa on Monday warned that any grievances by the MDC-T Diaspora community should not be channelled through the press, but should be directed straight to the party.

“The MDC-T supporters in the Diaspora are free to contribute to the party in any manner as prescribed by the constitution,” said Chamisa.

“The party has made necessary plans to comply with the constitution by holding provincial congresses.”

Chamisa said all grievances were being considered by the party leadership.

“All voices shall be heard and all concerns attended to by the party leadership to the satisfaction of all members in and outside the country,” he said.

“We are a party of excellence. The party has an internal communication protocol and procedures which are known to all members of the party. We do not communicate internal party issues through the press and, assuming there are legitimate complaints, aggrieved people must write to the party and not complain through newspapers.”

He reiterated that all members of the party should know that nominations were not elections and only gave an opportunity to those nominated at provinces and in the Diaspora to contest in the polls at congress.