MDC internal polls impressive

HARARE - The MDC is nearing the end of its nominations for candidates ahead of the party’s forthcoming elective congress at the end of this month.

With seven out of 12 provinces having nominated their preferred candidates, we would like to applaud the MDC for maintaining peace and security in its internal elections thus far.

The peaceful nature the nominations have been conducted serve as a unifying force in a divided polity.

The generally good administration of the MDC’s internal election, despite sporadic minor setbacks, suggests that elections may not be a fading shadow of democracy after all. One may be persuaded to contemplate the celebration of Zimbabwe’s democracy. But it might as well be too early to pull out the champagne bottle as doing that could be an underestimation of the challenges of democratic consolidation.

Zimbabwe still faces a daunting challenge to promote a democratic political culture and security, whatever push and pull, which are often much more daunting than the task of  establishing it.

Intra-party democracy is central to the maintenance of orderly society in any democracy. Democracy needs strong and sustainable political parties with the capacity to represent citizens and provide policy choices that demonstrate their ability to govern for the public good.

With an increasing disconnect between citizens and their elected leaders, a decline in political activism, and a growing sophistication of anti-democratic forces, democratic political parties are continually challenged. 

Elections are one of the essential tools for democracy.

In all democracies, conflict is inevitable, as reported elsewhere in this edition. This is true because democracy seeks effective ways through which a society should be governed, borne not out of contest either internally or externally. Conflicts always arise whenever two or more persons seek to occupy the same position. 

The situation in the internal contest of the MDC has minimised intra-party conflict. This factor is likely to affect Zimbabwe as it moves towards democratic consolidation and sustainable development.

From all indications, it is observed that the parochial idea of the party stalwarts in the MDC is highly defective. We nonetheless applaud the transparency in the MDC's internal elections.

The party has been forthright that the imposition of candidates into any elective position is unacceptable, among other ways forward.

All nominations have been done by the party’s grassroots, under the supervision of the ZCTU, youths and church organisations.

Unless intra-party democracy is raced, eliminating recurrent intra-party conflicts and political violence in Zimbabwe  will be a mirage.

 

Comments (4)

Ndoyedu iyoyo kwete mahumbwe edzimwe party. Move to mo with Morgan

changu - 3 October 2014

No mass demonstrations we love our country

chamu - 3 October 2014

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