MDC-T Sued Over Primary Elections

May 30, 2018
| Report Focus News

Blessing Nhende, the aspiring Councillor for Ward 21 in Harare, has filed an urgent chamber application seeking the High Court to help redress the manner the party carried out its primary elections.

Nhende cited the MDC-T as the first respondent, one Barnabas Ndira as the second respondent, and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) as the third respondent.

Mr. Nhende accused the MDC-T of allowing Ndira to stand as Ward 21 councillor candidate despite the fact that the ward was reserved for the youth quota and that Ndira is an adult.

Nhende further accuses the MDC-T of accepting his own candidature for Ward 19 despite the fact the he actually never applied for that Ward.

Further, Blessing Nhende avers that the party failed to conduct primary elections in Ward 21. This saw Barnabas Ndira being handpicked without going through the primary vote.

Lastly, Nhende states that the MDC-T violated its own constitution by endorsing the candidature of Ndira for Ward 21, when Ndira is not a youth member of the party but the ward is reserved for the youth quota.