Zanu PF has announced rules and regulations that will govern the conduct of primary elections for prospective councillors, national assembly and senatorial members wishing to contest in the forthcoming general elections.
The date for the primary elections will be announced soon.
An extra ordinary session of the Zanu PF Politburo was convened at the party headquarters today to deliberate on the party’s manifesto and regalia as well as rules and regulations to govern the conduct of primary elections for all aspiring party members.
Briefing journalists after the meeting Zanu PF secretary for information and publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said the session commenced with the President and First Secretary of Zanu PF Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa welcoming members of the Politburo and wishing them successful deliberations.
The national chairperson of the party Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri presented to the Politburo a comprehensive report on the issue of regalia as well as the party manifesto, which the politburo welcomed and approved.
Cde Jacob Mudenda then presented the rules and regulations governing the conduct of primary elections on behalf of the secretary for legal affairs in the party Cde Paul Mangwana.
Zanu PF will establish an elections commission in line with provisions of its constitution to manage the revolutionary party’s primary elections and the commission will be chaired by the party’s National Political Commissar Retired Lieutenant-General Engelbert Rugeje while other members would be announced by President Mnangagwa.
Decampaigning other members will lead to disqualification.
Standing as an independent candidate will result in expulsion from the party noted Cde Khaya Moyo.
Veterans of the struggle who wish to contest in the primary elections also qualify to contest.
There shall be a provincial elections directorate whose composition and functions are clearly spelt out in the party constitution.
Details of all these processes and procedures will be communicated to all provinces in due course by the National Political Commissar who also chairs the elections commission.
The list of those participating in the primary elections will be approved by the Politburo and the Central Committee will endorse.
Aspiring candidates have been urged not to start campaigning yet and the date for the primaries will be announced soon.