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Zanu-PF, MDC Gear For Primary Elections

The Zanu-PF Politiburo is meeting at the party’s headquarters in Harare on Wednesday to try and finalize its long-awaited rules and regulations that govern the conduct of primary elections ahead of this year’s crucial polls.

The delay in issuing the regulations, insiders say, is now causing serious friction within the party as aspiring candidates are said to be losing patience with the party hierachy.

In Mashonaland Central, provincial chairperson Dickson Mafios, told a probe team sent to assess the party’s readiness for the polls Monday that some candidates have already started campaigning, going against Zanu-PF ‘s ruling that they wait for the primary election guidelines first.

Party sources say the electioneering has become a source of friction in all the provinces. President Robert Mugabe has been calling for an early election but his party, according to insiders, is in disarray.

Party spokesman, Rugare Gumbo told VOA that his party hopes to conclude discussion on the rules and regulations tomorrow.
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Meanwhile, the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says it will this Saturday conduct primary elections in preparation for general elections expected to be called later this year.

There have been reports that the party has been thrown into turmoil by the imposition of candidates as party leaders allegedly agreed to protect senior members from being challenged in the primaries. Most of the blocked candidates are said to be popular councillors.

The MDC denies there are problems in the party over primary elections saying it has not and will not impose candidates.

Sources in Bulawayo also say factional fights are set to resume between those backing incumbent mayor Thaba Moyo and those who want rules to be changed to accommodate London-based Mandla Nyathi, who wants the party’s backing to run the City of Kings.

MDC-T organising secretary Nelson Chamisa tod VOA the party is ready for elections.
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