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Analysts speak on gazetting of elected candidates

Analysts speak on gazetting of elected candidates

Story by Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor

POLITICAL analysts have welcomed the gazetting of the outcome of the general elections and cautioned the CCC for rejecting the results, saying it might lead to an implosion in the opposition outfit.

The gazetting of duly elected candidates comes after the recently-held general elections, which saw new Councillors, National Assembly members, Senators and President Emmerson Mnangagwa being given the mandate to lead the nation for the next five years.

With the opposition CCC still in denial, political analyst Mr Elton Ziki says the gazetting of duly elected candidates shows Zimbabwe has moved on, adding the discord in the opposition party on the election outcome is a sign of immaturity with a possibility of causing an implosion in the party.

“What is critical to note is that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is following the dictates of the supreme law of the land and the Electoral Act. When an election has been held and the votes have been counted, tallied and collated that is important which is then followed by gazetting making it official.

“With regards to elements of the opposition failing to accept that this election was a true reflection of the will of Zimbabweans is something that should not hold this nation at ransom, so that we move forward and desist from this perpetual electioneering mode which seeks to be a regression of what this government seeks to achieve,” he said.

He also added, “It is not only childish but retrogressive in the sense that you don’t accept an election outcome if the outcome does not favour you as a winner. The elected CCC candidates appreciate the process that they overcome ZANU PF and go into the legislative agenda by being part of the incoming parliament is a show of belief and confidence in the whole process. We can’t have the head refusing while the tail is agreeing to the outcome.”

For another political analyst, Dr. Augustine Tirivangana, the dissonance in the opposition political outfit is a direct result of a lack of proper structures.

“For anyone to say they want to withdraw after the election process is childish. The gazetting is a procedural process, Zimbabweans need to understand that is not child’s play which we can only associate with social media platforms. Elections are a serious matter and gazetting is such, anyone thinking of withdrawal after the election is violating the Patriotic Act (Law codification),” he said.

He added, “Zimbabweans need to go forward despite challenges coming from all corners of the world. Whenever you have a party devoid of a proper structure, it’s bound to have such dissonance which has characterized the opposition party. Those who have been voted into parliament must know that they represent the will of the people, not their leader and this must also sink in Nelson Chamisa’s head.

ZANU PF and CCC are the only political parties that garnered council and national assembly seats in the just-ended general elections.

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