‘Zec should run Zanu PF, MDC-T primaries’

MAZOWE South Zanu PF legislator Fortune Chasi (pictured) has proposed that the ruling party and opposition MDC-T should engage the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to run their primary elections to deal with numerous complaints of malpractices within the parties.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Chasi said it was important that internal party polls were handled in a professional way so that selection of candidates was done smoothly.

Aspiring candidates, both in Zanu PF and MDC-T, have cried foul over the selection of candidates by their respective parties.

“It’s my personal view that it will enhance the cause of democracy,” Chasi said on the side-lines of an Electoral Amendment Bill workshop organised by the Election Resources Centre (ERC).

“If you have been noticing in the Press, there is a lot of intra-party mayhem around these primaries and I think we need to review this particular situation and it happens in South Africa for example.

“Their equivalent of Zec runs the primaries and political parties in general don’t have that expertise and if we were to expand the mandate of Zec to cover the situation, it will enhance our electoral processes,” he said.

Chasi said, in some instances, internal polls subverted democracy.

He said there were issues, especially regarding the participation of women in politics.

In some cases, the 50-50 representation spoken about by most political parties in the country are not implemented.

“I think it’s something that needs to be managed properly to ensure that the constitutional requirement becomes a reality, but we need to consider incisively how we can do it, and maybe learn from our neighbours who are using it,” he said.


Asked if the practice was acceptable and whether it will not infringe on Zec’s mandate, Chasi said the option was just worth trying.

“I think parties can still continue to have control of their parties, except that the electoral malpractices that we don’t want at the national level will not happen at the intra-party level. We need to reason around that and see if it is workable,” he said.

12 Comments

  1. Not while ZEC is taking direct instructions from one of the contestants. Not when a reported 15% of ZEC secretariat are “retired” soldiers.Remember Nyikayaramba?

  2. Matebele Warrior- Chamisa is our leader

    does this MP know what ZEC is all about , shame on these useless MP s

  3. So…let us say there is something to the allegations that ZEC as presently constituted is under the control of ZANU PF. Chasi’s suggestion means that ZANU PF would now be able to (indirectly) control the primaries of opposition parties.

    As we have witnessed with the independent media, it’s funny how ZANU PF abuses certain institutions but then its members later want to run to them for protection when they get into trouble: this suggestion might actually have made some sense if ZANU PF had allowed ZEC to be truly independent.

  4. CHASI Gadzira Nhaka saGezi, Chidavaenzi naManyika !

  5. zimbabwe will remain in the doldrums for years to come

  6. ZEC is nnot independent in the eyes of the Opposition i.e MDC. So your suggestion Chasi is extremely poisonous. Think before you act. the level of democracy in south Africa is way different from democracy in Zimbabwe. An equivent body of zec in SA operate under the instructions from ALL political parties, the oppositions included. Your comparison is just unrealistic and unreasonable. the opposition in Zimbabwe doesn’t trust zec even on final elections. Such thoughts might bland someone’s mind. Very dangerous

  7. Silly option.

  8. Chasi now wants MDC to be infiltrated by army and CIO to sip into their machinery and private processes , choka iwe

  9. This MP is talking RUBBISH!Useless and ideot!

  10. Comment…What is the logic of this 50-50 gender ratio in parliamentary representation? What must be the tribal or youth ratios?

  11. Comment…What is the logic of this 50-50 gender ratio in parliamentary representation? What must be the tribal or youth ratios? Chasi’s suggestions of copying South African system is grossly misguided, in African context. Africas urgent need is not gender balancing in paliamentary representation, but that the reasonable outnumber the unreasonable in the august house. Otherwise the African nation needlessly risks legislating for economic and political stagnation, at best.

  12. elvis tondomori

    thats a silly option

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