The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Tables Strict Poll Rules, Guidelines

ZANU-PF has announced a raft of rules and regulations that may disqualify some candidates eyeing various positions in Women and Youth League elections slated for next month. Among other issues, all aspiring Youth League members should have served the party at national level for five years while Women's League contestants should have been party members for at least 20 years and also have previous records of serving at national level.

Youth League candidates should be at most 35 years of age.

Speaking to journalists after the party's Politburo meeting in Harare yesterday, zanu-pf spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo warned party members who were electioneering before the announcement of the rules and regulations that they were wasting their time.

Elections for the Youth League will be during the League's Congress set for August 7 to 10, while the Women's League contestants will square off between August 20 and 22.

"People are manoeuvring and as I said last week, it is not helpful because you do not know the criteria," he said.

"When the criteria comes out you find out that you may not qualify and you spend a lot of money for that.

"We are saying those that want to qualify and know the rules and regulations can then apply and then they will be approved to stand for elections but before that you are wasting your time."

Cde Gumbo said after receiving applications from contestants, the Politburo would meet to approve the candidates who meet the party's guidelines.

He said there would be no exemptions and those who have been in the diplomatic service and wished to contest should make formal applications to the party.

Cde Gumbo said the Politburo also received a report from Masvingo Provincial Minister of State Cde Kudakwashe Bhasikiti on resettlement and food provision for people at the Chingwizi holding camp.

He said Cde Bhasikiti said food provision at Chingwizi had improved following the intervention of the World Health Organisation.

Earlier President Mugabe was presented with an artifact and a copy of a film chronicling his life by Ruvimbo Mafuwe of Goromonzi and Tichaona Marembo respectively.

The artifact known as Pamberi The Gold Key symbolises the resistance given by President Mugabe to machinations of subjugation by the white settler regime and how he outflanked such shenanigans.

Marembo's film titled "There Is Always A Second Coming Like Robert" portrays President Mugabe's personality including his trials and tribulations in the quest for Zimbabwe's holistic independence.

Marembo brought the film to the President so that he can assess whether it was an honest portrayal of his character.

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