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Mwonzora Says ZEC's Steep Election Fees Are Justified

Mwonzora Says ZEC's Steep Election Fees Are Justified

MDC-T president, Douglas Mwonzora, has defended the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for setting high candidates fees for the 2023 harmonised elections.

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com in Kwekwe at the weekend, Mwonzora said the new fee structure will help in removing pretenders from the ballot paper. He said:

Our ballot paper must be short considering that in 2018 we had 23 presidential candidates, and that’s a challenge. In Kenya, they dealt with this issue by creating coalitions.

In Zimbabwe, some people think that being a candidate is a way to fundraise. Therefore, raising aspirants’ fees is a way of trimming (the number of) candidates.

If you have support enough that you can be a president, party members will be able to fundraise and even raise donations and those monies for parliamentary candidates must be enough.

If not it means you are wasting people’s time. This is, indeed, a good development.

Others have said this will shut out poor candidates, but the money is not coming from individual pockets, its coming from the party.

If you do not have 20 000 supporters and you want to be President for which country?

On Friday, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) gazetted SI 144 of 2022 (1) on candidate nomination fees which will see an aspiring presidential candidate paying US$20 000.

An aspiring member of parliament will pay a candidate fee of US$1 000 while local authority and Senate aspiring candidates will now pay a sum of US$200.

ZEC also pegged at US$10 for an electronic copy of the voters’ roll with data on one polling station voters, US$15 for the ward level voters’ roll, US$50 for the constituency voters’ roll, US$150 for the provincial voters’ roll and US$200 for the national voters’ roll.

The fees are payable in cash or at the prevailing official rate equivalent.

More: NewZimbabwe.com

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19 Comments

Tintin 1 month ago

iwewe mwonzora une masupporters mangani?


Puppeteering 1 month ago

Mwonzora the zanupf puppet 😂


Ginious 1 month ago

just as i expected.Nzondora is ZanuPf

😎 1 month ago

**** rako mwonzora


😎 1 month ago

b.a.k.o rako mwonzora


Gafa 1 month ago

Mwonzora anongova iye naKomichi vakapiwa neZanu pavakaparadza MDC idya asi zvichapfuka Zanu inodya vana vayo

Mwonzora 1 month ago

Mwonzora has one supporter. The supporter is ZANU Pf


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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

Advocate Douglas Mwonzora has always been controversial. He has always sided with ZANU PF and ZANU PF Government.

MDC T has performed dismally in the byelections it has participated in. Some of his supporters are now saying he is becoming too cosy with ZANU PF status which has forced citizens to think that MDC T is a ZANU PF appendage.

This time around Advocate Douglas Mwonzora is siding with ZEC, thus going against most opposition political parties.

He is giving a valid reason, though, that it is to prevent the ballot box from blotting up like it did in 2018 when ZEC ended up with 23 presidential candidates. I feel that this is valid. Pretenders must be weeded out from the real competitors.

Advocate Douglas Mwonzora argues that this money does not come from individuals' pockets, but from party coffers. But others, like Muzvinafundo Lovemore Madhuku argue that despite that the money will come from party coffers, it is still high because a political party will need around usd 500 000 to field all its candidates.

My personal view is that preventing the ballot paper from blotting is good, but 20 000 usd is on the high and must be slightly reduced. The fees for other positions should be substantially reduced to enable parties to field fully its candidates.

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Anonymous 1 month ago

You are totally wrong comrade. According to tha constitution each and every candidate is endorsed by registered voters ndovanomusainira ma papers ake. Those signatures if they want to trim number of candidates ndodzavanowedzera not ma dollars. E g to be a president you should be endorsed by 20000 signatures of registered voters not US dollars, after all if they pay in rtgs hapana mari apa at the prevailing rate ndomari yaingobhadharwa 2018 iyi

onewhoissent 1 month ago

What does it benefit the nation when you choose a theif to represent the nation as a leader. Hiking those nomination fees will only deprive the nation of good leaders who may not have access to such exorbitant and punitive fees. The rich will continue to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor.


😎😎😎 1 month ago

Vananzondora kkkkk


Kule Dhambi 1 month ago

For once the imbecile collides with logic. M**** muzukuru wangu. Uriko hako?


Zuze 1 month ago

Not topic related.

Zita rake chairo nderipiko?
Vamwe vanoti Mwonzora,
Vamwe vachiti Nzondora,
Kuchizoitawo umwe anoti Nzvonyora

Ndabva ndazvishairwa pazvo ini Simboti.


🙄 1 month ago

I wrote a reply indicating that this would happen, two days ago, oñ this platform.


Joe Brownn 1 month ago

poor Mwonzora, enjoying Zanu-PF money but without support.


Putin 1 month ago

ipenzii iriii


INTERESTED ONLOOKER 1 month ago

In not surprising Dougie will be financed by his handlers as before he is a puppet on a string.

@fairchild 1 month ago

Morrison nyati


1 month ago

Zuze makanyanya KKK
CB



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