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Opposition Parties Say ZEC's Steep Candidate Nomination Fees An Attempt To Rig Elections

Opposition Parties Say ZEC's Steep Candidate Nomination Fees An Attempt To Rig Elections

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has been criticised for hiking candidate nomination fees for next year’s elections.

On Friday, ZEC issued statutory instrument 144 of 2022, which amended S1 153 of 2014.

In the SI, ZEC said the cost of fielding a presidential candidate was now US$20 000 up from US$1 000, US$1 000 from US$50 and $200 for senators and councillors from US$100.

A human rights lawyer, Obey Shava, told The Standard that they were representing citizens, who were preparing to file a court challenge against the new fees. He said:

I confirm that there are a few people whose political rights have been infringed by the SI.

The fees are too prohibitive and deny them their rights to exercise the right to vote, participate and stand for elections.

Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) chief elections officer Ian Makone said the party is opposed to the new fees as they limit opportunities for people’s choices and participation.

MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora’s spokesperson Lloyd Damba said the fees were an assault on democracy.

ZAPU spokesperson Mso Ndlovu said the new fees increase is an attempt to ensure that those that cannot afford do not participate.

Former MDC Chairman and speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo, who is the leader of the United Movement for Devolution, said:

It is clear that there’s an element of collusion with (President Emmerson) Mnangagwa’s regime to restrict electoral contestation in order to facilitate election rigging.

It is ludicrous to expect political parties to fork out over US$500 000 for them to fully participate in the electoral processes.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesperson Obert Masaraure said citizens should unite and resist the new fees. He said:

The ruling elites who have been looting state resources should not be allowed to reduce elections into an elite affair.

The working class and the peasants, who are the worst affected should unite and fight back, demanding an inclusive electoral process.

ZEC spokesperson Jasper Mangwana on Saturday requested written questions when asked for a comment.

More: The Standard

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30 Comments

INTERESTED ONLOOKER 1 month ago

New Dispensation Second Republic in action there is more to come watch this space.


The Adjudicator 1 month ago

Is this a fundraising scheme or its just a ploy to make Zanupf run the race alone?


bvananguy 1 month ago

both

Zuze 1 month ago

Ndaoneswa mumweya yimwe party yatadza Ku fielder macandidates akawanda nenyaya dzendarama , asi ndaoneswa kwava nekunetsana mkati me party inezita rinotanga na C


uncle263 1 month ago

muka ubike doro

Access 1 month ago

Rarai futi

Dre 1 month ago

P****i false prophet

Doug 1 month ago

Maybe zec wants only the parties who get state money to contest. In Zimbabwe who exactly produces Statutory Instruments? If we say zec has produced an SI, which individuals will have produced this? They may as well produce an SI stopping elections or one fixing election results without an election process!


Dr Headland 1 month ago

ZANU tried to control the opposition by recalling MPs and infiltrating the opposition. When tht failed they want to use ZEC. This is embarrassing


Zelensky 1 month ago

Zvidomoro zvemitemo , Nyaya yakatotangira Pa POVO pakanzi hapana funding from NGOs , So it's obvious no party will afford more than $500000 if it can the party will be left broke .


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ZEC is compromised 1 month ago

ZEC is a ZANU PF project


mwenewazvo 1 month ago

Zanu ngaingotaura kuti chamisa wahwina zvipere,nekuti mastaera achoka ari kunyanya.kuzosvika next year tichanzwiririra hedu,mkomana ari kuvashaisa hope chokwadi


fggg 1 month ago

CCC ngaitiudze tiite fundraising yacho by month end inenge yakwana

even munhu 1 chaiye anobhadhara Mari iyoyo mbinga dzinoda CCC dziriko dziri willing kubhadhara Mari iyoyo


Tateguru 1 month ago

We are looking for the brains and wisdom from political leaders, not their wealth.


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

Last month citizens were seized with the debate: WHO WAS BETTER THAN THE OTHER BETWEEN IAN DOUGLAS SMITH, ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE AND HIS EXCELLENCY ADVOCATE PRESIDENT ED MNANGAGWA ?].


TheTruth 1 month ago

Smith was better

AL SHABAB 1 month ago

I think 🤔 ED and his fools are behind all this shi t but CCC WILL WIN WHATSOEVER

EVERYONE CLAP HANDS 🙌 FOR ME


INTERESTED ONLOOKER 1 month ago

Smith was far much better .

pk 1 month ago

good move. munhu haafaniri kungoti akarota ari mp atofumo register.
ma go fund me hatimade.toda vane tunhu twawo. dai ma presintial candidates vabhadhara chero 50 thousand. last time we had more than 100 political parties


1234 1 month ago

the Zimbabwean problems is coursed by ZEC


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

Last month citizens were seized with the debate: [ WHO WAS BETTER THAN THE OTHER BETWEEN IAN DOUGLAS SMITH, ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE AND HIS EXCELLENCY ADVOCATE PRESIDENT EMERSON DAMBUDZO MNANGAGWA ?].

Some citizens said Ian Douglas Smith was better than the two war veterans, others went for the late war veteran Robert Gabriel Mugabe while still others fell for His Excellency Advocate President ED Mnangagwa.

They argued that Ian Douglas Smith was better than the two veterans of the war of liberation because Smith played segregation against blacks. He did not institute segregation against other whites !!!!!

They say they do not understand why the two veterans of the war of liberation are going against what they fought for, which is democracy.

Statutory Instrument 144/2022 is undemocratic and unconstitutional to the core. The standard fees they set out are out of the reach of all ordinary citizens who do not deep fingers in Devolusion funds.

This SI 144/2022 concretizes a long time demand by all opposition political parties to disband ZEC because it dances to ZANU PF tune. There is no reason for looking for any other example of collision other than this.

I am happy with the standings of all
opposition political parties who have strongly castigated ZEC and its handlers, ZANU PF.

Despite the fact that the judiciary is captured, all opposition political parties must approach the High Court for remedy.

[ STATUTORY INSTRUMENT 144/2022 RENDERS HARMONISED ELECTIONS UNFREE AND UNFAIR ].

[ APA NGAAPINDE HAKE MUKOMANA CHAMISA ].

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].

Yours Truly
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


Skirid Rebhara 1 month ago

ZANU PF is evil


Dred 1 month ago

Watch the space, next ZEC will be telling you tht the minimum age to contest is 70 years


Skirid Rebhara 1 month ago

Kkkkkkkkk


🙄 1 month ago

Other political parties that a controlled by ZANUPF will secretly get the funding so that they don't stand with the real opposition political parties. That will give the impression yekuti everyone is in agreement...watch POLAD actors, they won't have problem paying that money because it is about confusing CCC which is the greatest threat to ZANUPF. They want to limit MP representation from CCC because pafeya presidential race garwe harisi kuzohwina zvachose.


Captain Jack Sparrow 1 month ago

Why do you want to contest in an election if you do not have sound financial backing, if you cannot manage your house how do you think you can manage the nation ? The fees are pathetically low they should be more steeper....


stallion 1 month ago

People always hate the colour they don't hate the system. Ian Douglas Smith was much better than the previous rigime and the present regime


stallion 1 month ago

hello


hi 1 month ago

Pindula if you don't want our comments just tell us


Air Marshall 1 month ago

If you go to America kune maboss aNelson Chamisa, they are only 2 political parties.1 for the Democrats and 1 for the re Republicans.Our last presidential elections had over 25 presidential candidates.That is too much.Congratulations ZEC.Mr Speaker sir I also propose that you reduce the number of parties to 2, that is Zanu Pf and MDC T.



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