Zanu-PF bags 12 more uncontested seats

Phillipa Jaja
CCC’s divisive strategy has proved costly for them again after the Bulawayo High Court barred 12 of its MPs from participating in the August 23 elections after Justice Bongani Ndlovu ruled that they filed their nomination papers after the 4 PM deadline.

The ruling has dealt a huge blow to the CCC officials who have defended the action as a prevention against the proliferation of double candidates in all urban areas.

For starters, the leading contender Zanu-PF automatically retains the 12 seats in addition to some 53 local authority seats which were unchallenged at the close of the nomination court sittings.

Notable is that Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube is among Zanu PF candidates now elected unopposed.

Additionally, CCC can no longer have any representation in the Senate from Bulawayo province, or take up any youth and women’s quota seats in the National Assembly, where seats are allocated on the basis of proportional representation based on votes each party obtains in elections for National Assembly representatives.

“It also means the party is now denied a decent share of cash under the Political Parties (Finance) Act because that’s only determined by votes for National Assembly candidates,” lawyer Professor Lovemore Madhuku told a local publication.
The CCC’s legal team said it would appeal the judgement.

“We have taken note of the judgment of the High Court barring the CCC candidates from participating in the elections. We respectfully disagree with it and will be taking the necessary legal steps to ensure that elections are held. Candidates must continue with their work undeterred,” Advocate Thabni Mpofu said.

Meanwhile, Labour Economists and African Democrats (LEAD) president Linda Masarira’s appeal against a ZEC decision to bar her from running for president due to failure to pay nomination fees on time has been dismissed by the High Court.
“The way forward will be determined after reading full judgement,” she said.

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