ZIMBABWEAN PRESIDENT TO MEET OPPOSITION LEADERS TO DISCUSS VIOLENCE-FREEE POLLS
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President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he will engage leaders of political parties soon to ask them to commit to a violence-free campaign period ahead of the July 30 general election.
Addressing thousands of supporters of his ruling ZANU PF party in Masvingo, about 300 kilometres south of here, on Friday, he said the planned meeting had been put off numerous times as he awaited confirmation of political parties contesting the upcoming elections.
He said the last time he checked with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), before the nominations
courts sat, more than 100 political parties had registered with the commission.
Now that the nomination is done I will meet with them. They must commit themselves to peaceful campaigns, non-violent campaigns; no violence, we want a mature political campaign, Zimbabwe is of age in terms of politics, he said.
The July 30 election will pit the ruling party against several contenders. The main opposition is seen as the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa.
Meanwhile, a total of 23 candidates on Thursday successfully registered with the ZEC to contest for the presidency in the elections. The list includes some former high-ranking government officials now in opposition politics.
Since more than one candidate has been duly nominated for the Office of President, a poll shall take place on Monday 30 July, in accordance with Section 46 of Electoral Act, said ZEC Nomination Court officer Japhet Murenje, who presided over the presidential election nominations.
ZEC Chairperson Justice Priscilla said the nomination process had largely gone well with a few incidents of intra-party violence recorded at the registration of candidates for parliamentary elections. The skirmishes were largely over imposition of candidates which the main political parties failed to address at conclusion of their primary elections.
We are quite pleased that the nomination court process has gone quite well, all our preparations were on course and we had the provisional voters' role available for the assistance of those who had not been able
to access it, added Justice Chigumba.
Meanwhile, the ZEC on Friday released the final consolidated voters' roll for the elections for the presidency, the legislature and local governments.
Justice Chigumba said the voter's roll, now with more than 5.6 million registered voters, will be made available to successfully nominated candidates in electronic form for free while printed copies will be released at a cost.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK