ZEC Announces Official Candidates for Zimbabwe’s Upcoming Presidential Election

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has unveiled the final list of candidates for the forthcoming presidential election, scheduled to take place on August 23 this year.

Initially, a total of 21 candidates submitted their nomination papers on Wednesday, vying for the country’s top office.

However, after careful evaluation, the ZEC rejected ten of these candidates due to various reasons. Some failed to fulfill the requirement of paying the mandatory US$20,000 fee, while others did not secure sufficient nominations from registered voters.

Each candidate was expected to obtain ten nominations from each of Zimbabwe’s ten provinces, as per the electoral guidelines.

In an interview with the state-run Zimpapers Television News, ZEC Deputy Chairman Rodney Kiwa confirmed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa, leader of Zanu PF, and his primary competitor, Nelson Chamisa of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), had successfully met the commission’s nomination criteria and had their papers accepted.

Alongside Mnangagwa and Chamisa, several candidates from diverse political affiliations will feature on the presidential ballot. Notably, Saviour Kasukuwere, a former cabinet minister, will run as an independent candidate.

Other candidates include Douglas Mwonzora, the leader of MDC-T; Lovemore Madhuku representing NCA; Joseph Busha from Free Zim Congress; Trust Chikohora of ZCPD; Blessing Kasiyamhuru from ZIPP; Wilbert Archbald Mubaiwa of NPC; Gwinyai Muzorewa of UANC; and Harry Peter Wilson of DOP.

Kiwa further announced that the ZEC will publish additional lists of successful candidates for the National Assembly and local authority elections by June 30. This timeframe ensures sufficient time for dissatisfied candidates to file court appeals, if necessary.

Reports have emerged concerning instances of double candidates from an undisclosed party, speculated to be the CCC, in Harare, Bulawayo, and Masvingo. The CCC alleges that these candidates forged signatures without proper approval, and they have expressed their commitment to pursuing legal action.

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