19 December 2012

Zimbabwe: MDC National Council Decides

press release

The MDC National Council met today to review the developments which affected the nation and the party over the year.

The Council noted that this has been a very eventful year for the party. The year has been characterized by the usual insincerity on Zanu PF's part to implement the key provisions of the Global Political Agreement (GPA ).

Most importantly, the MDC has now adopted the candidate selection document in preparation for primary elections to be held beginning of next year. The policy document provides for the criteria of selection of candidates at all levels as well as the requisite qualifications of the said candidates.

The council reiterated its previous stance that elections in Zimbabwe must be held after key reforms on the electoral roadmap have been undertaken.

These key reforms include completion of the constitution making process and therefore the holding of the referendum, security sector and media reforms, eradication of all forms of state sponsored violence as well electoral reforms designed to level the electoral playing field.

On the constitutional impasse that has been caused by Zanu PF, the council resolved that there is no need for reopening negotiations on those issues in respect of which negotiations were done.

The council urged COPAC to present its report to parliament in preparation for the referendum. The council was concerned about the continued violence and intimidation being unleashed on the people of Zimbabwe by Zanu PF and state agents.

The MDC views the release of the Glen View MDC activists not as a favour but as something that should have been done a long time ago. The party demands the release of the rest of the activists.

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