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We Cannot Entertain Mwonzora - ZEC

We Cannot Entertain Mwonzora - ZEC

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has refused to be involved in the fight over the MDC Alliance name between the MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora and the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa.

This comes after Mwonzora last week wrote a letter to ZEC chairperson Priscilla Chigumba asking her to block Chamisa and his party from using the name and symbols.

Chamisa has insisted on using the MDC Alliance name in upcoming elections since it was the one his party used when he narrowly lost the presidential race to President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2018.

On Wednesday ZEC spokesperson Joyce Kazembe told NewsDay in an interview that ZEC would not interfere with disputes between political parties over names. She said:

We cannot block any party that would want to register with any name as long as the name brought is different from any other name that has already been registered with another political party.

If there are other individuals who want to block others from using certain names which are different from theirs, we won’t entertain them.

As long as the MDC acronym is used without making the name similar to the other names that have already been accepted as political party names, we can’t reject the registration.

Meanwhile, on Monday this week, a little known political party led by Thulani Gula Ndebele notified ZEC that it would also contest the by-elections as MDC Zimbabwe.

MDC Zimbabwe was registered as a political party in November 2019, according to documents that have been circulating online.

United Kingdom-based legal commentator, Alex Magaisa, warned Chamisa and his party that they could be barred from using the MDC Alliance name if Mwonzora decides to take the legal route. He said:

In the past, we have seen the nomination court accepting several names with the same acronym.

The electoral law requires a party to have a distinct symbol that does not resemble that of any other party.

What will, however, happen is, if ZEC cannot block the MDC Alliance from contesting using the MDC Alliance name, the electoral court may.

Mwonzora may challenge the use of the name at the nomination court and proceed to the electoral court, where the judgment cannot be contested.

There is no appeal and ZEC will abide by the court ruling and stop them from using the name.

More: NewsDay


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9 Comments

mai D 3 months ago

arikuda kungokonzera confusion.zvekuti arikuda kutonga zvirikure naye


Jah Bee 3 months ago

Ndopaunoona kuti Mwonzora idhunyazi chairo apo arikunetsera zita rekuti alliance pane kuti agadzirise varikuti mdct anditi T akamirira kuti Tsvangirai sakaiye ndiye Tsvangirai wacho here njere shoma dzinotambudza atenzi sure munhu kwakubva kumba kwako uchino vhotera party inotungamirwa nemunhu anonetseka nekufunga shame maningi


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 3 months ago

TOGARASEYI IS JUST BEING GARRULOUS. IN THE PAST WE HAVE HAD PARTIES WITH SIMILAR NAMES, BUT WITH DISTINCTIVE DIFFERENT SYMBOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE SAME ELECTIONS.

IN 1980 WE HAD ZANU NDONGA AND ZANU WHICH WAS LED BY MUGABE. THESE POLITICAL OUTFITS HAD DIFFERENT SYMBOLS. ZANU NDONGA HAD A NDONGA OR TSVIMBO AND ZANU (MUGABE) HAD ZIMBABWE RUINS.

RECENTLY WE HAVE HAD MDC T, MDC NCUBE AND MDC BITI. THE THREE PARTIES USED MDC, BUT PREFIXED MDC WITH A DIFFERENT LETTER.

IN THIS CASE TOGARASEYI IS NOT ALLOWING OTHER PARTIES TO USE LETTERS MDC. THAT IS BEING FOOLHARDY { KUOMA MUSORO }. WHAT HE IS SAYING IS I CAN NOT CALL MY PARTY "MULTI DEMOCRACY COALITION" BECAUSE IN SHORT I WOULD CALL MY PARTY MDC. ALL SYSTEMS OUT, TOGARASEYI IS BEING BLINKERED.

ANYWAY, I RECOMMEND THAT NELSON CHAMISA ACCEPTS ADVICE FROM SENIOR LEGAL GURU TAWANDA MAGAISA AND MUZVINAFUNDO JONATHAN MOYO THAT HE CHANGES HIS PARTY'S NAME OR TOGARASEYI WILL LET CHAMISA CONTEST IN THE NAME MDC ALLIANCE AND THEN USE THE CAPTURED JUDICIARY TO RECALL THOSE WHO WILL HAVE WON WITH THE ALLIANCE CARD.

CHAMISA MUST STOP PROCRASTINATING. { TEMPUS FUGIT OR TEMPUS EST PECUNIA } *** LATIN, MEANING "TIME FLIES OR TIME IS MONEY". HERE I AM TELLING CHAMISA THE ESSENCE OF DOING THINGS IN DOUBLE QUICK TIME.

I LOVE YOU CHAMISA !!!!! DO YOU NOT SEE THE GRAVE YOU ARE STARING INTO ? IF YOU GET MPS AND COUNCILLORS RECALLED AGAIN, PEOPLE WILL LOOSE FAITH IN YOU AND DEMAND YOUR IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION.

{ FOOD FOR THOUGHT LADIES AND GENTLEMEN }

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
{ THE BUSH LAWYER }


Tsivo 3 months ago

Uyu anonzi nzondora dai ndambomuwoona ndaimupa mbama akapata muface uyu .
Good announcement ZEC musatenda zvaonoda benzi uyo


Chikandamina 3 months ago

Ko zve Zita zvadiyi,pinda nee mdc t ndonzora sungata.


Bright 3 months ago

Haaa vakomana 1 wenyu akushandiswa na mnangagwa ipapo ozo siiwa pachena chero tsvangirai ahana kumbobvira akawadzana namugabe


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Mhazi of silobela 3 months ago

This pathetic excuse of a human being just wants to cause confusion, you never hear him fighting the ruling party.


L 3 months ago

Zvino munohwinha sei muchiri kukakatirana mazita time up guys rongekai


swt zim 3 months ago

kkkkkkk kutamba kwepwere.Zim ichurikure nekunaka


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