MDC-T defers primaries

THE Nelson Chamisa-led MDC-T has deferred its primary elections to next week to allow constituencies with more than one candidate to reach consensus and minimise the number of contested seats.


The party’s primary elections had initially been slated for Friday last week.

The opposition party is trying to avoid the chaos that characterised the just-ended Zanu PF primary elections, which were marred by electoral irregularities.
A source in the MDC-T’s electoral directorate said the actual voting would start on
May 17.

“The process begins with the party announcing tomorrow (today) the list of candidates who have been approved to take part in the primary elections. After that, candidates will be encouraged to engage in consensus building in areas where people agree primary elections can be avoided,” the source said.

Insiders said the MDC-T had taken into consideration the youth and women’s quota in coming up with the list to avoid youth and women being muscled out at primary elections level.

The party has reserved 20% of the contested constituencies for the youth quota, while 50% has been reserved for women, who are also allowed to contest and get more that 50% if they can beat men in the other 50% which is not reserved.

MDC-T secretary for elections, Murisi Zwizwai, could neither confirm nor deny the development yesterday, only saying the party now had a list of candidates and a road map for the primaries.

“We are going to announce that list tomorrow at Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House and at that Press conference, all the issues will be addressed. We have a road map and what is going to be done. The date and the logistics will be announced tomorrow (today),” he said.

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  1. Comment…Moving at the speed of a bullet train, Dr Nero.

    1. @Byo Province corrupt to the core, Candidates selection based on Shona ethnicity plus bribary.

  2. chinja ndozvo

  3. MDC itai zvinemusoro avoid violence, intimidation and rigging like what zanu pf did

  4. Matebele Warrior- Chamisa is our leader

    We thank you MDc for how you are handling all these issues , i wanted to be a councillor but i made consesus with my fellow village man and he will contest now , i will contest in 2023 , in ward one mangwe or the whole of Mangwe , as it stands its a walk over. we will bury Obedingwa Mguni .
    Chamisa when are you coming to Mangwe rural , we want to meet you , people are hungry for you.

  5. God bless

  6. With this kind of thinking we will be under petticoat government very soon. Do women cast half a vote. We are becoming sick and tired of women being given more rights than men. women are the majority in this country if they chose not vote for each, is that men’s fault. You should be canvasing for women to vote each other instead of want everything on a sliver platter.If women want to show they are equal they should show their worth by competing on an equal footing with man. Even the incapable will now find their way into parly to waste tax payer’s just because they are women.

  7. Comment…Ndo maEQUAL RIGHTS acho here aya? Ini ndaifunga kuti
    varume nemadzimayi vangofanana kana mapindiro pabasaka. Ko vanhu ndovanosarudza munhu wavavo wavanoda.

  8. this is rubbish

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