…five-year threshold raises eyebrows
…independent candidates shut out
congress as its guiding template which spells out the rules of the game has
been released with many questions being raised on the five-year membership
limit to enable members to contest from ward to national posts.
contest for any position from ward up to national levels if they have served in
the party for at least five years while branches have a minimum of two years.
those who joined the alliance from other opposition political parties but party
spokesperson Jacob Mafume defended the move saying it was done to plug
not saying five years with the MDC but five years serving in their former
parties before they joined the alliance.
contest for posts because we want to avoid infiltration. We know there are people
who want to sneak into our processes but we will not let them get away with
it,” said Mafume.
those that joined the alliance from parties that are not yet five-years-old,
Mafume said the congress will not shut out genuine members.
have a history in politics and we will look into that before we let people run
for positions,” said Mafume.
level with all branches across the country going for the polls between March 22
and March 24 while districts will vote between March 29 and March 31.
April 27 setting the stage for the national congress to be held from May 24 to May
for any reason, one stood as an independent candidate, they are automatically
disqualified from contesting and participating in the congress processes.
disqualified if they promote factionalism or if they campaign as a slate.
Malicious gossiping is strictly prohibited,” the template reads.
from campaigning in provinces where they do not reside except for national
campaign in a province where they do not come from except for national
given a formal platform (caucuses) at various levels to present their
credentials and programmes as justification for suitability to be office
convene caucuses for provincial candidates to present their manifestos.
Provinces shall convene caucuses for national candidates to present their
manifestos. The youth assembly shall convene a youth caucuses for candidates,”
reads the template.
nomination procedure, the templates states that, “The nomination process for
national positions shall be presided over by an Independent Board appointed by
he /she must have at least have one nomination from Province to National. According
to the constitution there are 13 provinces in the party, 10 in Zimbabwe and 3
process working with the organising department.