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"Ridiculous, Unacceptable, Unconstitutional And Undemocratic", Madhuku Condemns ZEC Nomination Fees

The leader of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Lovemore Madhuku, says the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has no power to charge candidate nomination fees.

Arguably, the majority of opposition political parties have criticised ZEC for setting candidate nomination fees at US$20 000, US$1 000 and US$200 for aspiring presidential, Members of Parliament, and councillors respectively.

Speaking during a press briefing held in Harare on Monday, Madhuku said ZEC cannot make fundamental decisions regarding who can be candidates.

He added that individuals have political rights guaranteed in Zimbabwe’s Constitution (Section 67) to campaign for office and not to be shut out of electoral processes. Said Madhuku:

Who is ZEC to be coming up with these decisions? These decisions ought to be made in the constitution as to who qualifies.

Our constitution does not say amounts that have to be paid as it just talks about the requirements one must meet to contest.

Even when you go through the Electoral Act it provides for some nominal fees that ought to be paid but what ZEC has done is substantive.

It’s a power ZEC is exercising as if it were a legislative body yet it doesn’t have the power to do that.

If we allow ZEC to have that power, then there will be no need for us to have a parliament.

Surely the regulations that ZEC has brought are the kind of regulations that ought to be debated by the public and there was no such public debate.

No Zimbabwean was ever asked to express a view. We didn’t even know this was in the pipeline.

Madhuku claimed that ZEC was taking Zimbabwe back to the dark years of the colonial era when a 1961 constitution disenfranchised black people because they did not have properties to qualify as voters. He said:

The colonial constitution would pretend Blacks were allowed to vote and were allowed to be MPs but one had to show a property qualification and own something.

It was known Blacks would not own that property. If you have US$20 000, this is a property qualification where you show you have some money.

We have already fought for these rights. ZEC must simply run elections not for them to go this far.

Our blame goes straight and exclusively to ZEC. We believe in this case; it misunderstood its powers and that’s a sign of incompetence.

… Our position as the NCA is this is ridiculous, totally unacceptable, unconstitutional and undemocratic.

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zizi 1 month ago

chokwadi vamadhuku idama guru

Gwedu 1 month ago

Yes Prof. Madhuku is a law expert...ZEC must consult before implementing such Poor arrangements

,. 1 month ago

Madhuku buda muPOLAD sa Madam Khupe tirwe hondo tese ku CCC. The tranfer window is still open.

Unooenga 1 month ago

Gara imomo rega Prof tive navo kuno. Iwe gara MuChikurubi, Nerison hana pasa vewe ariko kumba kwakhe

zizi 1 month ago

but time time tumwe tuma party ndetwekuvhiringidza ma votes ngavagare vabuda kana 50000usd for president iri bhoo

Hwesa 1 month ago

I agree

0774056328 1 month ago

Yes madhuku wataura semurume apa problem yawakaita ndiye kumboona zanu pf namnangagwa sevanhu kwavo.ngazvirambwe izvo it should be criticised in parliament sessions.chimbwasungata daug handiti makachinzwa chichi dzigira kuti zviri right coz anodya nezanu pf.anoiwana kupi Mari iyoyo daug.anongoziva kuti anopihwa nezanu asi iye asina vatsigiri uya ndiwo mupengo chaiwo.

Nkust 1 month ago

Mugabe aigaro chema chema achiti ko iye madhuku ku nca kwake anomboshanda nanani unongowa madhuku madhuku haumbowi kuti spokesperson kana sg ati zvakati ko ipo pano pane vanozivao vamwe vamadhuku here

citizen 1 month ago

ko kana ukanyarara unobvei pane kutuka asina chaakukonesa.

Gushungo 1 month ago

Kkkk wazvionawoka zvandayitaura nezvamusorobhangu uyu.


Machiavelli 1 month ago

Interesting argument preferred by Lovemore Madhiku here. Why can't he put this to the litmus test in the Courts?

AL SHABAB 1 month ago

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bvananguy 1 month ago

Madhuku could be correct in theory but practice has taught some of us that the majority of people who vote should actually never be allowed anywhere near a ballot box.
they are toxic voters.

Ian 1 month ago

True the voters must also have minimum political & economic understanding. Ma Chiefs, Headma ne ma Sabhuku are the most toxic

MuPfungwe Chaiye 1 month ago

Ini ndiri pakati petambo panyaya iyi.

1 month ago

Hero 1 month ago

ZACC hero basa

Gwedu 1 month ago


Makhobolondo 1 month ago

Yass.. Too expensive, takuzotongwa nema bourgeois, vanaKitsiyatota nanawanga out.

@fairchild 1 month ago

Madhuki,the results of supping with the devil

Mtwakhaz 1 month ago

No double fielding of candidates for some parties.

mutsa 1 month ago

i think the amount is ok ana Taurai muteki nana madhuku vanopindira kuvhiringidza vanenge vamamal

ruto 1 month ago

good for us

Ginious 1 month ago

Madhuku is right100%.anti corruption batai vanhu kuZec uko.

Pasedye 1 month ago


stallion 1 month ago

chi Animal farm chaicho zvinhu zviri kugodzikwa overnight so whats the purpose of our paliament

Fighter 1 month ago

We want to pple to contest and we prevail against those imature Coalition, iwe coalition yamanya kuSupreme Court yekuKenya izvezvi

Coalition 1 month ago

Coalition yekuKenya kuckurt after after a dismal performance in elections the one in Zim following suite

Mr Twenty K Bhoo Zvekuti 1 month ago

But Mr Madhuku should we be ruled by a person who has no house or has no idea how to raise US$20k and he wants to run the country of approximately 14 million people.In fact presidential and parliamentary candidates must be business people who are going to introduce laws that protect businesses of the country.And these candidates must be millionaires.

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