The MDC-T party has upped its election preparations with the selection of parliamentary candidates set to begin soon to match Zanu PFs persistent calls for early polls.
MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told NewsDay yesterday the partys election directorate met last Friday and resolved to conduct primary elections soon.
The election directorate met last week and we looked at preparations for elections.
We agreed on the issue of voter registration as well as mobilisation of voters and candidates selection. We are working on the assumption that the police and army will not protect the people, so we are planning with that in mind, Mwonzora said.
The date has not been set for primary elections. Our plan is that the elections should come after necessary reforms.
We are treating 2012 as election preparations year. Whether elections come in 2012 or 2013 doesnt matter. We are targeting at least 70% of the total votes cast.
Ironically, Zanu PF which all along has been clamouring for elections with or without a new constitution, yesterday seemed to have backtracked.
Party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said the party had not yet started preparing for polls, adding that the politburo had not yet adopted an election guideline.
We have not yet started. We are waiting for the guideline to be adopted by the politburo.
I dont know when, but as soon as possible, Gumbo said.
Two weeks ago, Zanu PF leader President Robert Mugabe reportedly deployed a high-powered delegation comprising Vice-President John Nkomo, Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and State Security minister Sydney Sekeramayi on a regional diplomatic offensive to garner support to push for elections this year.