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Mudenda Wants "Political Chancers" Blocked From 2023 Elections

Mudenda Wants

National Assembly Speaker, Jacob Mudenda, says any political parties that would be less than six months should be banned from contesting in elections.

Mudenda said banning political adventurers from contesting in elections will protect the electorate from being abused. He said:

However, it is critical that the electoral law addresses the tendency of a plethora of political parties soon after the Presidential Proclamation to hold harmonized general elections.

In 2018, 133 political parties sprouted like the summer mushrooms to contest the elections. This spectre is uncommon in the electoral world.

Our electoral law must guard against such political misadventure which is likely to abuse the unsuspecting electorate.

The electoral law should insist on bona fide parties that have authentic credentials and have at least been founded six months before the election date.

What more of the 23 candidates who aspired to contest for the Presidential Office in 2018!

Surely this high office demands candidates of serious conviction and stature and not the trial-and-error opportunists.

The envisaged electoral law should address this political leadership lacuna among the Presidential aspirants.

Such a screening process would ensure that the ZEC allocated funding will not be unnecessarily crowded out.

More than 20 parties have emerged over the past few months, all intending to contest in 2023. Some of the political parties are based outside the country.

Ironically, the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), which was formed less than three months before the 26 March by-elections, won the majority of the parliamentary and council seats.

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Erick Zulu 1 month ago

There is a reason why parties remain in the woods until just before the elections good and bad. Some are trying to manage infiltration while others are trying to reach the lower apple in the form of being a member of Poland as a losing presidential candidate.

Chief 1 month ago

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Maparamuro 1 month ago

CCC was named not founded just before the elections, don't be stilupid and try to fool the electorate

Hss 1 month ago

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Machiavelli 1 month ago

For some inexplicable reason, Mr. Honourable Speaker, Sir has of late been making a lot of sensible observations and pronouncements very atypical of ZANU cadres. I am beginning to wonder if this cannot be compared to Harold Macmillan's "Winds of Change" speech made in 1948?

Under normal circumstances ZANU would be celebrating a plethora of opposition parties as these would split the opposition vote, thus ensuring ZANU supremacy.

Having said that, I must of necessity congratulate Mr. Honourable Speaker for very sound advice. The only difference of opinion would be the minimum shelf life of a party. 6 months is arbitrary. Bonafide parties should be in existence for longer than a year or two to gauge staying stamina. And while we are at it, wht not add other requirements to dissuade fly-by-night political parties? Say for instance increase the deposit for any Presidential Candidate to say US10,000. That way only serious contenders will enter the fray.

Machiavelli 1 month ago

Point taken @Wurzell. I was just opening debate. I raised only ONE suggestion, but there are plenty options. I wish like WhatsApp groups we had a facility of inboxes here on Pindula
Thank you my brother 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Worzell Gummidge 1 month ago

Machiavelli, you are astute, but let me respectfully differ with you on some points. Charging U$D10 000 for Presidential candidate fees will make political participation the sole preserve of the super rich. That will result in an orligarchy & muscling out of the poor who may be sincere & popular. Pluralism is the hallmark of a democracy. As long as a plethora of political parties are contesting at their own expense & not the taxpayers, I see nothing wrong with that. Legislating against political participation by perceived underlings is a violation of constitution rights such as the right to freedom of assembly & association. Why should certain rich political parties reserve politics for themselves? Mudenda is not just going against the grain for no reason. He is a former ZAPU Cadre won elections as an MP after Indipendence. His tirades are more of a personal vendeta for being snubbed for a ministerial post or even the position of VP after many years of suppressing the opposition in Parliament. Do not forget he was recently announcing illegal recalls in parliament & even blocking Biti & PDP after a favourable judgement was made to effect that they should return to parliament. Who knows, he might be cleansing his sordid self.

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

Electoral Reform recammendation by the Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda is very reasonable. The situation was worsened by His Excellency Advocate President ED Mnangagwa who asked members who had participated as Presidental candidates to join POLAD where he gave them first class services. They were booked in 5 star hotels in Kariba, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Harare. Further more they were bought top of the range motor vehicles. This is why they ended up earning the adage ZANU PF appandage parties.




Chawabvunza 1 month ago

Electoral Reform recammendation by the Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda is very reasonable. His Excellency Advocate President ED Mnangagwa made things worse by calling on those who participated as Presidental candidates to join POLAD. Those who joined POLAD were given first class service. They were booked in expensive hotels in Kariba, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls where they were served with top notch whiskies. They were bought top of the range motor vehicles. Some are forming these pseudo political parties to get a chancel of joining POLAD after 2023 Harmonised Elections. This is why some of the political parties have earned the adage ZANU PF appandages.



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