ZANU PF primary elections on this Friday

By Bruce Chahwanda Political Editor

ALL is set for the ZANU PF primary elections slated for this Friday with ballot papers having been dispatched to the respective provinces.

The ruling party has deployed Politburo members to various provinces to administer the primary elections with the assistance of Central Committee members as well as a team of directors.

Zanu PF National Political Commissar Dr Mike Bimha says the party is ready for the primary elections.

“We have just deployed Politburo members to the various provinces who are going to administer the primary elections. They will be assisted by Central Committee members from other provinces and also a team of directors and other officials from the party headquarters. We also have election commissioners assisting in some of the provinces,” said Dr Bimha.

Dr Bimha also revealed there was an overwhelming response from prospective candidates, although some failed to make the grade.

“We had huge numbers but as usual, we subject these to a vetting process and contrary to certain reports in the media are not true that they are number of people who have been blocked. We do have the rules for these elections. We also have the constitution to follow and we do have the guidelines that we follow at every stage of the elections.”

He added: “So you find that when it comes to House of Assembly, we are now talking about five percent of those who has applied had been disqualified. When we look at the local elections, those who has applied we are talking of four percent that had been disqualified. The main reason for disqualification is when someone has not been able to serve the required period at district level.”

The successful candidates in this Friday’s primary elections will represent ZANU PF in the by-elections slated for the 26th of March.