MDC shoots self in the foot

HARARE - Internal squabbles in the MDC Alliance could come at a huge cost to the coalition after it fielded two candidates each in 14 National Assembly constituencies ahead of the upcoming general elections on July 30.

A perusal of the notice published by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) on Tuesday shows that the alliance, led by Nelson Chamisa, is likely to split its vote in a record 14 constituencies where it has two candidates vying for the same seat.

The MDC Alliance has also given its arch-rivals, Zanu PF, a precious head-start in the elections after failing to field candidates in 89 council wards.

The alliance had given defiant members an ultimatum to withdraw their names within the seven-day deadline given by Zec, which expired on June 22.

Due to internal ructions within the coalition, it now looks like the MDC Alliance will go to the polls next month without resolving the crisis.

Its main electoral challenger, the ruling Zanu PF party, is now tipped to pounce on the confusion, and go on to wrest the seats since the opposition vote is likely to be split between alliance contestants.

Such gaffes have exposed the main opposition’s strategic flaws.

The MDC Alliance is blaming the electoral management body for the confusion, saying Zec was deliberately jeopardising its election campaign.

MDC national chairperson Morgen Komichi alleges that the commission included, on the final gazetted list, members who had formally withdrawn their names within the seven-day deadline.

He added that some of the alliance’s municipal and legislative seats were either omitted or wrongly listed under other parties.

Zanu PF is already claiming an early lead in the polls, having bagged at least 46 local authority wards and two constituencies where its candidates filed their papers at the sitting of the Nomination Court on June 14 unopposed.

Interestingly, the list gazetted by Zec has no MDC Alliance candidates in Mbare, Chiredzi North and Chiredzi South constituencies.

Komichi said the omissions were despite the fact that the alliance had successfully fielded candidates in those constituencies.

“We have seen that Zec made several errors that it must correct because in Mbare constituency, for example, we have a candidate in Starman Chamisa yet he is not on the list,” Komichi said.

“In Hwange, from wards one to six, there are errors all over with our candidates’ names appearing on the Zanu PF party or (Joice) Mujuru’s PRC (People’s Rainbow Coalition) or vice-versa while in Victoria Falls one of our councillors’ names is also not appearing,” he said.

On the issue of double candidates, Komichi insisted that officials in his party were now complying with the coalition’s directive to withdraw from the race notwithstanding the fact that the Zec deadline has since lapsed.

“That is an ongoing process and people are withdrawing. I can tell you that for example, despite being on the list, James Maridadi has since withdrawn from Mabvuku-Tafara to make way for James Chidhakwa , in Gutu North there is Juniel Manyere after Edmore Maramwidze Hamandishe agreed to withdraw,” he said.

Zec is denying the allegations.

“We processed candidates who came to the Nomination Court and were not responsible for going out to invite them,” Zec commissioner Netsai Mushonga said yesterday.

According to the provisions of the Electoral Act, once Zec has gazetted the names of the contestants, which is seven days after the sitting of the Nomination Court, it will not be possible to withdraw from the poll.

Comments (29)

MDC yawe nyama yekugocha........baya wabaaaaaa

Motsamai M - 29 June 2018

Yoweereereeee........bayaaa wabayaaaaa...

Motsamai M - 29 June 2018

MDC is a bunch of ineffective ediots, power hungry cabals...

Riot263 - 29 June 2018

That is exactly what will happen if people are voted in. can you imagining that happening at critical positions such as the Presidium, ministries. what will become of our country?

Django Django - 29 June 2018

zvagara Confusion is the best way to describe the MDC.

Hondo Zvenyika - 29 June 2018

kkkkki, im not suprised.. what do u expect from a ship with Pinochio the lier as the captain.

Hope - 29 June 2018

You can say that again @Django . especially paPresidency apo. Biti cannot be trusted.

Dombo - 29 June 2018

iyi party iyi i see no future. tofa nenhamo vaka winner but i doubt normal Zimbabweans will vote for such

Aladin Aladin - 29 June 2018

saka toziva kuti tovhotera papi pacho? two candidates one party? We cannot all be leaders ka. MDC yedu iyi

Chamisa Neria - 29 June 2018

mdc are nothing but confused cocroaches

madikizela - 29 June 2018

I dont think its confusion, Its greed. The MDC is full of greedy people.

Dombo Rakaomarara - 29 June 2018

MDC_ MOvement for Distructive Change, violence is what they are best at nxaaa, ED Mu Office

Virus Vigoroso - 29 June 2018

apana nezviripo hahahahaha pamdc

kokerai chisvo - 29 June 2018

What we lack as a party are leaders who know that leadership is not only being at the helm. Ndopatokundirwa neZanu PF

The Voice of MDC - 29 June 2018

immaturity ndoinokunetsai vapfana vemdc

kambae - 29 June 2018

haahaha mdc masvina ega ega

cde masango - 29 June 2018

ukaona uchivhotera mdc unopenga kkkkk

cde white - 29 June 2018

what else can we expect from MDC alliance other than confusion.

dzimbabwe - 29 June 2018

MDC ALLIANCE PROBLEMS ARE PURELY AND SQURELY CHAMISA'S FAULTS

PANDA - 29 June 2018

These are products of chamisa's greedness.

APRIL TAFI - 29 June 2018

this is a clear demonstration that MDC alliance is not organised

dombo - 29 June 2018

chamisa is taking advantage of the Alliance to manupluate others

blade - 29 June 2018

haiwawo hamuna kurongeka muri zvireshe ma dhichalo

tinokunda - 29 June 2018

yaaa hapana kwamuno svika muno svikepi muchiita kunge mapenz

zvichapera - 29 June 2018

mavakupanika kusvika pakuparadzana kwanai

flame - 29 June 2018

mdc makatsva hamusati matanga kuparadzana musatamba ne zanupf

murenga - 29 June 2018

chero zvofa zvoita seyi handifendakavhotera zanu.kuvhotera garwe kuvhotera nzara nekupondwa.CCC NDIZVO

gara - 29 June 2018

There is no consensus in all opposition ranks 132 political parties against ZANU PF shows that people has no collective cause but are fighting for power ,money and are very greed .MDC ALLIANCE LACKS ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS , let us not vote for the sake of change but real and genuine change to be better not to be worse

mbandaka bolomba - 30 June 2018

This does not persuade me to vote for ZANU PF, never and over my dead body! I still remeber what they did to me. I can forgive but i will never forget. EVen the economy they have failed to sought out the mess of the current run down economy that they benefited from the excellent Smith regime economy. They broke it down and now 38 years down the line they are promising people that they are the best to fix it! How can they do that when already they are preaching at their rallies that why do people need money, they just have to go the plastic money way. What a shame! I will vote MDC Chamisa because i promote any change that comes. Yes, they have their own flaws but they can never be equated to ZANU PF the party of murderers and thieves.

Mana - 1 July 2018

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