Put presidential ballot names in alphabetical order: MDC Alliance

HARARE - The MDC Alliance has tabled a demand that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) should ensure ballot papers for the forthcoming presidential election have names arranged in alphabetical order beginning with surnames.

This comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, on Thursday successfully filed his nomination papers to contest as the ruling party’s presidential candidate in the key July 30 vote.

His papers were filed by his election agent Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi.

Mnangagwa’s main challenger, 40-year-old leader of the opposition MDC Alliance, Nelson Chamisa, also successfully filed his papers with the Nomination Court. His nomination papers were filed by his election agent, Jameson Timba.

Twenty-one other opposition candidates filed their papers.

“We want to urge Zec not to break with tradition and ensure that names appear starting with surnames which means that Chamisa must be on the first page,” MDC director of elections Murisi Zwizwai told the Daily News in an interview yesterday.

“We do not expect to see a situation where the incumbent (President Emmerson Mnangagwa)’s name is on the front page seeing that there are over 20 candidates, meaning that the ballot paper will be more than one page.

“We expect to see Zec following international best practice which is what we have always done in previous elections, so we hope to engage them on that issue  in the coming few days,” Zwizwai said.

If such an arrangement were to be adopted, Chamisa will appear on number two after Joseph Makamba Busha of Freezim Congress while Mnangagwa will be on position 15.

The MDC also wants to know who prints the ballot papers, where and when as well as the chemical composition and transportation of the ballot papers to and from polling stations.

“We hope the authorities take heed because we will not tolerate anything short of that,” Zwizwai said.

Meanwhile, Zec chairperson Priscilla Chigumba has said she was satisfied with the way the nomination process proceeded.

Comments (3)

ZEC's administrative rules should empower it to decide but internationally (in some countries) they use previous election Party popularity as the most objective way of ordering candidates. The Party that got the most popular vote gets its candidate on top, next second and so I see ED (1), NC(2) ...on the Ballot

zimcitizen - 17 June 2018

Aaaah! This is not yet the arrangement? So why is the MDC Alliance campaigning telling people that XChamisa will be on number 2? Stupid people!! The regime can play around with this arrangement. Just tell people to look for Chamisa and the MDC Alliance logo!!! People know Chamisa very well. Stop this "panumber 2 panenge paina Chamisa" thing!!!!

tsholofelo - 17 June 2018

Zimcitizen you r wrong, if it's by popularity. It will be as follows , ed and zanu pf on 1 , thoko mdc t on two and chamisa Mdc alliance being a new party with the rest pakati ipapo and most likely on page two , if chamisa is lucky he will be next to thoko just to coz confusion .

Anna list - 18 June 2018

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