Presidential candidate pulls out

NATIONAL Alliance of Patriotic and Democratic Republicans leader Divine Mambi Hove has pulled out of the presidential race six days before elections, saying he had found it illegal to participate in a predetermined poll.

BY Everson Mushava

Hove first disclosed his intention to pull out during a multi-party liaison committee meeting with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) on Tuesday after the electoral management body refused to give in to the reforms demanded by opposition parties.

His withdrawal pulled back the number of presidential candidates from 23 to 22.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my withdrawal from the presidential race in the elections,” Hove said yesterday.

“Zimbabweans are once again being robbed of a real chance at stability growth and exit from this quandary simply because of an inability to find common ground.”

Hove added: “While I respect the independence of Zec and their alignment to the law, I feel that the stakes at hand are higher than just what the law says.

“The real opportunity for our country to migrate to higher levels is surely much more valuable than a hard line position that Zec has decided to tour.

“While I will be compelled by law to respect the decision taken by Zec as well as its independence, I dread to realise that we are on the verge of yet another disputed election which I strongly feel could have been avoided.”

Zec commissioner Qhubani Moyo on Tuesday told Hove that his withdrawal had come too late as the commission had already completed printing of ballot papers.

“It is too late for you to withdraw; there are processes to be followed and as of now, we have completed printing of ballot papers and one can no longer withdraw. Even if you can announce that you have withdrawn, your name will remain on the voters’ roll,” Moyo said.


But Hove yesterday insisted he will tell his supporters to vote for other candidates since he has withdrawn as it was evident the country was trudging towards yet another disputed poll.

“It is with a heavy heart that I tell my followers to think deeply as to where they will put their treasured vote,” he said.

This is not the first time a presidential candidate has pulled out of a race. In 2008, the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of a presidential run-off, leaving former President Robert Mugabe in solo run.

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7 Comments

  1. Another mickey mouse pulls out and going by the quality of candidates we are seeing on zbctv this election is full of lunatic presidential candidates who think by participating they were going to raise their profile but alas it is doing the complete opposite and Welshman was SPOT ON on on this one when he said its a contest for MDC and Zanoids and anyone else participating is just suffering from the effects of cannibas.

  2. Eliasha do you do something else in life expect just commenting negatively to people who are demanding a transparent election. Show your name… other wise utori chinyau zvako…

  3. delelopment in zimbabwe and hope for the future is something else!!our problems ladies and gentlemen are heavly spiritual,therefore the solutions are supposed to be spiritual as well.
    parliament should have a specific posts for someone who represents the devine,someone who represent GOD,most importantly a prophet is required for that posts.We need someone who sees and hear from GOD.
    Very simple an interview can be done to determine the candidate for example writing something on a piece of paper and asking the candidates what is written on the paper!There has to be a way to narrow the selection process as anyone can claim to hear from GOD.This man of GOD should be the Highest paid even in Parliament as he or she will be specializing on seeing.

    1. Can I also have what you are smoking

  4. zvazviri pachena

  5. What took this Mambi chap so long? A few others do not deserve to be on that contenders list

  6. This is jus another ZANU pf lunatic

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