In Lupane Nqobani Ndlovu reports that of the parties contesting, Zanu PF looks organised whilst other parties seem to either have improperly filled forms, or do not have some required forms especially the code of conduct form. Their agents running up and down to the Zec officer to look for the forms and photocopy for their candidates.
Zanu PF Lupane District Coordinator Edwin Mpofu said: “The process is going on smoothly, we have no complains against Zec. None of our known members filed as an independent or as NPF as we are united as Mat North.”
Liberty Sabelo Nyoni, the MDC Alliance candidate’s representative also ward 13 candidate added: “We have all our candidates, none chickened out. We have met all the requirements thanks to the engagements we have had Zec prior to this day.”
ZANU, MDC Alliance, MDC T, NPP, MRP, ZAPU have the majority of candidates.
Also in Bulawayo it appears there is a high possibility of duplication of party names some members of the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC-T who did not endorse the broad MDC Alliance seem to be filing their papers as MDC-T, at the same time candidates in the Khupe faction are also filing papers as MDC-T.
Zanu PF Womens league boss Mabel Chinomona has summoned all Zanu PF aspiring MPs to the party offices in Marondera.
Job Sikhala’s nomination papers are not in order and he is being constantly called by the presiding judge to bring proper pictures. He is aspiring to represent Zengeza West under the MDC Alliance banner.
According to Silas Nkala in Bulawayo, ZAPU and Khupe’s MDC-T have a number of candidates who have submitted their applications and there are also some little-known parties that are filing. Those that successfully filing their papers are being told come back for the final process before 4 pm.
Noah Mangondo, who was blocked from participating in Zanu PF primary elections, has has filed his papers as independent candidate for for Murewa South, and he will be battling against Joel Biggie Matiza of Zanu PF.
Meanwhile, schools to close on Julky 26 to pave way for the elections.
Gift Chimanikire of the MDC Alliance said he has switched to Mazowe South constituency in Mashonaland Central province after he lost the bid to represent Southerton in Harare during the MDC-T primary elections.
“I will give the Zanu PF candidate, Fortune Chasi a run for his money. The leadership directed me to come to this province,” he said.
Meanwhile in Bulawayo, at the opening of the nomination court, Zec had received about 100 papers from the prospective contestants. Khupe’s aide Witness Dube and the MDC Alliance Senator Winston Nicola have filed nomination papers.
In Lupane Nqobani Ndlovu reports that only two constituencies Lupane East and Lupane West are nominated for.
“They are only dealing with councillors while prospective MPs are filing in Bulawayo. There are 28 wards in Lupane. We are told the court opened on time at 10 a.m and there are no complaints as yet from candidates I have talked to” reports Nqobani.
“So far now at 1230 p.m, MDC T has not yet located some of their council candidates amid fears they might have chickened out. The missing candidates for MDC T are for Gomoza, Lupupu, Lupaka, Lusulu, Ndimimbili among others.”
Daniel Chingoma, famed for his attempt to makle a helicopter, is seen at the Nomination Court, and says he has all papers in order but has been asked to sort out his pictures for his presidential nomination to be accepted.
Agrippa Mutambara, of the ZimPF and a member of the MDC Alliance, said they filed nominations for three seats, Rushinga, Shamva North and Bindura. Mutrambara will contest to represent Bindura North in parliament, under the MDC Alliance banner.
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President and Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, MDC Alliance leader Chamisa,president of the breakaway MDC-T, Thokozani Khupe, Build Zimbabwe’s Noah Manyika, NPP leader Joice Mujuru and Violet Mariyacha on Thursday morning successfully filed their papers to contest for the presidential elections to be held on July 30.
We will keep you updated of the nomination process.