RULING PARTY NAMES GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES

ZIMBABWE: ELECTIONS/13/6/18 SABANews 1

ZANU PF Headquarters in Harare (Pic. Agencies)

HARARE — The ruling ZANU PF Party in ZIMBABWE has named the people who will represent it in the forthcoming general elections next month.

THE HERALD says the list includes 210 persons vying for the National Assembly, 60 for proportional representation, 60 for the Senate, and 100 for provincial councils.

It quotes the ZANU PF Secretary for Administration as saying his group has done primary elections and has given names of successful candidates to the ZIMBABWE Electoral Commission.

OBERT MPOFU has told the media in the capital, HARARE, provincial election directorates and coordinating committees should abide by the final list that is also published in the print media.

He says the ruling party will discipline any individual who will tamper with the approved list of candidates, who should complete the nominations documents and provide their credentials to the Electoral Commission.

Mr MPOFU says some provinces have witnessed developments where names have been changed without clearance from the Politburo, but the party has dealt with the problem now.

Meanwhile, Senate President EDNA MADZONGWE says the government is committed to fair, free, and credible elections as shown by the freedom accorded to political parties ahead of the polls.

THE HERALD says she has made the comments after a meeting with pre-election observers from the INTERNATIONAL REPUBLICAN INSTITUTE and the NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTE, both from the UNITED STATES.

The INTERNATIONAL REPUBLICAN INSTITUTE calls itself a non-profit, nonpartisan group committed to advance freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive.

It says it helps citizens to take part in government planning, and works to increase the role of marginalized groups, including women and the youth, in the political processes.

However, critics claim the group has helped to overthrow popularly elected governments, such as the JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE Administration in HAITI, and replaced them with unpopular dictatorships.

Meanwhile, the NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTE, also called the NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, claims to be a non-partisan, non-profit group with partners in developing countries.

It says its work is to increase the effectiveness of democratic institutions, mainly in areas like citizen participation, elections, debates, democratic governance and technology, political inclusion of marginalized groups, and gender.

While such organisations have failed over the past years to observe general elections in ZIMBABWE, President MNANGAGWA has opened the country to them for the 2018 polls./Sabanews/cam

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