We will disqualify candidates who engage in violence – ZEC

SYDNEY MUBAIWA
MIDLANDS BUREAU


GWERU – The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will not hesitate to disqualify candidates of any political party who violate the Commission’s code of conduct including involvement in violence during the forthcoming March 26 by-elections, Gweru District Elections Officer Joshua Mhino has said.
Mhino was speaking at a ZEC stakeholders meeting held at old prison in Gweru to give a code of conduct for the forthcoming by-elections on Thursday.


He advised candidates to follow the election board’s code of conduct or be disqualified. He warned candidates and political parties against harassing journalists.
He warned candidates to shun violence and to respect the code of conduct as ZEC seeks a clean election on March 26.
“The purpose of this code is to create conditions conducive for free and fair elections in which electioneering activities take place without fear, coercion, intimidation or reprisals.


“I want to make it clear that Zec will not hesitate to disqualify all candidates who are involved in violence and other acts of electoral misconduct,” said Mhino.
Some of the stakeholders that attended the meeting were political parties, NGOs and Government Departments.
Mhino assured the delegates that the Commission was ready to conduct the forthcoming by-elections and has put in place all materials for voter education, production of voter materials and training of polling officers.


The roadmap followed the proclamation of the elections date and nomination court by President Mnangagwa on January 6, 2022.
He said campaigning or displaying campaign material within 200 metres of a polling station or counting centre will result in disqualification of candidates.

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