3 January 2014

Zimbabwe: NCA Enters Electoral Fray

THE newly-formed NCA party led by Lovemore Madhuku has entered the electoral fray by contesting the January 25 local authority by-elections against Zanu PF and MDC-T before its formal launch expected in March this year.

The by-elections are the first polls to be held in the country since last year's July 31 general election overwhelmingly won by Zanu PF amid opposition rigging claims.

The NCA is contesting in two of the three by-lections to be held in Harare, Karoi and Zaka. It has successfully filed nomination papers for its Harare and Zaka candidates where it is represented by Takura Gadzira and Enock Chikamhi respectively.

NCA spokesperson Madock Chivasa said his party was confident of winning the by-elections as they are fielding "the best candidates" with hands-on experience of the needs of residents in the respective wards.

"We believe we will win because we have the best candidates who above all are residents in those wards and hence they have proven track records," Chivasa said.

He said their main opponents had failed the electorate in the past.

"The electorate trusts us as both Zanu PF and the MDC-T have in the past failed to deliver on their election promises," Chivasa said.

Meanwhile, other parties like the MDC led by Welshman Ncube, Dumiso Dabengwa's Zapu, Simba Makoni's Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn and Kisinoti Mukwazhe's ZDP are not contesting the by-elections.

Of these parties only the MDC won seats (four) under the proportional representation system in the July 31 elections.

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