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nominations, MDC-T rebels told
July 04, 2013
Tendai Biti has ordered seven disgruntled party members who registered
the forthcoming council elections as independent or parallel
candidates to withdraw their candidature at the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) and pave way for candidates who won the party’s
The rebel candidates
had filed to stand as independents at ZEC alleging electoral irregularities
during the party’s primary elections.
In a letter
dated July 1 addressed to MDC-T Manicaland chairman Julius Magarangoma
Biti said: “Please be advised that the party leadership met
on July 1 with you to discuss the errors of commission and omission
that occurred on the Nomination Day, 28 of June 2013 in Manicaland,
whereby losing candidates in the primary elections for council positions
filed their nominations to the exclusion of the winner.
case, such irregularities should be corrected forthwith. Accordingly,
the following people should withdraw their nominations from ZEC
in writing and be substituted in writing by the winning candidates
provided those winning candidates had already successfully filed
their nomination papers either as parallel or independent candidates.”
mayor Brian James was among those affected by Biti’s directive
as he was recalled and replaced by Henry Madzvova in ward 12 of
Mutasa South. Others include five candidates from Chipinge Central
among them Cherechedzai Katsvata, Sarah Marwa and Antony Mtetwa.
George Jerison, who had filed as an independent candidate, bounced
back into the ring for Ward 3 of Mutare Central. He joins former
town chairperson Solomon Chadamoyo Machingura, who also bounced
back to represent the party.
This came hard
on the heels of the announcement by the party that those who chose
to stand as independent candidates had automatically expelled themselves.
comment yesterday, MDC-T national spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora
said the seven had been spared suspension.
are two categories of independent candidates. Those who lost and
stood as independents are automatically expelled,” he said.
in the primary and for one reason or another had their nomination
papers not signed are not expelled. These are the people the secretary-general
has written to ZEC about.”
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