CCC candidates disqualified for filling wrong constituencies

Libinance Dokora.

In a setback for the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) candidates vying for council seats, their disqualification in Rushinga district was attributed to incorrectly filling in constituencies during the poll nomination process. This incident unfolds amidst the ongoing race for 1,970 council seats in the upcoming August 23 elections.

David Coltart, a prominent figure within the CCC, attributed the error to what he described as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (ZEC) opaque boundary delimitation practices. Coltart, a former minister of education who secured a CCC ticket to run for council in Bulawayo, took to Twitter to express his concerns about the party’s failure to field candidates in specific wards.

Coltart revealed that on the day of nomination, CCC candidates became aware that their names had been transferred to different wards, leading to a disturbance within the party ranks. “In Rushinga, CCC lost seven wards mainly because the delimitation programme affected candidates who could not know he or she could not represent the ward, only to be told by the ZEC officials on the nomination day. This was compounded by ZEC’s refusal to provide the voters roll,” he said.

Council candidates can only run for election in a ward if they are registered in that ward. In May, ZEC invited Zimbabweans to inspect the voters roll to correct errors and ensure their polling stations are correct.

It is shrewded in mystery  how the councillors failed to quickly identify the anomalies in time.

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