ZEC finally reveals final list of Presidential Candidates for 2023 Zimbabwe Elections
The upcoming presidential election in Zimbabwe, scheduled for August 23 this year, will see the participation of eleven candidates, according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). On Wednesday, a total of 21 candidates submitted their nomination papers, but only eleven were able to have their nominations accepted by the commission.
The reasons for the rejection of the remaining ten candidates varied. Some failed to pay the required US$20,000 fee, while others did not secure sufficient nominations from registered voters. Each candidate was expected to obtain ten nominations from each of the country’s ten provinces.
Rodney Kiwa, the Deputy Chairman of ZEC, revealed in an interview with the state-run Zimpapers Television News that President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the leader of Zanu PF, and his primary competitor Nelson Chamisa from the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), had their nomination papers accepted.
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Apart from Mnangagwa and Chamisa, several candidates from different political affiliations will also appear on the presidential ballot. These include Saviour Kasukuwere, a former cabinet minister running as an independent candidate, Douglas Mwonzora, the leader of MDC-T, Lovemore Madhuku representing NCA, Joseph Busha from Free Zim Congress, Trust Chikohora of ZCPD, Blessing Kasiyamhuru from ZIPP, Wilbert Archbald Mubaiwa of NPC, Gwinyai Muzorewa of UANC, and Harry Peter Wilson of DOP.
Kiwa announced that additional lists of successful candidates for the National Assembly and local authority elections would be published by June 30. This timeframe would allow dissatisfied candidates enough time to file court appeals if needed.
Furthermore, reports have emerged regarding instances of double candidates from an undisclosed party, speculated to be the CCC, in Harare, Bulawayo, and Masvingo. The CCC has alleged that these candidates forged signatures without approval and expressed their intention to seek legal action.