By Bruce Chahwanda
THE revolutionary ZANU-PF party says real work has begun for winning candidates in the recently held primary elections to ensure resounding victory in the March 26 by-elections.
Winners in the ZANU-PF primary elections have been announced, with focus now on the by-elections slated for the March 26.
Briefing journalists at the party’s national headquarters in Harare this Sunday, Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Dr Mike Bimha said real work for candidates starts now to ensure the party registers a resounding victory in the by-elections.
“We are saying the elections we have just finished are mere internal processes to determine on who will represent the party, real work starts now, candidates have to pull up their socks and work with leadership in the constituencies to ensure that we succeed as a party.”
The revolutionary party’s internal elections were characterised by intense competition.
“We have completed our primary elections for national assembly and local authorities members, it comes soon after the provincial elections. We noted that there is increased participation by the electorate to exercise their rights, they are very keen to make choices of their own. We also observed that there was a lot of intense competition for those that wanted to be elected into positions which is healthy for the party.”
There are 28 national assembly seats up for grabs in March’s by-elections.
Harare has the highest number of vacant seats at 12 seats, followed by the Midlands province with five seats and Mashonaland East province which has three seats.
Bulawayo, Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland North provinces have two seats each.
119 local authority seats will also be contested during the by-elections.