Mnangagwa Throws Away The Controversial ZEC Voters Roll And Guidelines At ZANU PF Internal Elections
13 October 2020
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Paul Nyathi

Mnangagwa casting his vote at the 2018 elections under ZEC guidelines

ZANU PF leader President Emmerson Mnangagwa, yesterday warned senior officials against the use of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) voters’ roll in conducting primary and DCC elections.

Mnangagwa convened a special meeting with provincial executive members, comprising youths, women and war veterans’ wings, where he warned leaders against manipulating the party constitution by imposing preferred candidates through vote buying and the use of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) voters’ roll in conducting the elections.

In an interview with State Media after the closed door meeting at the party headquarters in Harare, Zanu PF secretary for Administration, Dr Obert Mpofu, said Mnangagwa urged provincial executive members to follow laid down party procedures at all times.

“It was a very important meeting, which was summoned by President Mnangagwa where he called all provincial chairpersons and their wings comprising the youth, women and the war veterans’ wings,” said Dr Mpofu.

“He also strongly spoke about the internal party procedures and regulations as they relate to elections, and that this cannot be equated to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) process, which is meant for all political parties. He said at no point should the party use ZEC regulations on an internal selection process, but should use the party’s constitution, party regulations as they are reviewed by the party from time to time,” said Dr Mpofu.

Apart from sticking to consitutionalism, Mnangagwa spoke against rigging through vote buying a method which his party uses very well at every national election.

“We have a situation where people just emerge during elections, flogging and showing money to would-be voters or to the electorate to influence them to vote for a certain candidate of their choice or to those with money. That is unacceptable. It’s a dismissible offence,” Dr Mpofu said.

The party is currently conducting DCC elections in the remaining eight provinces after the process was undertaken successfully in Harare and Bulawayo provinces.