Chamisa addresses aspiring parliamentary candidates, insists party will respect women and youth quotas


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The Nelson Chamisa faction of the Movement for Democratic Change today held a seven-hour workshop for nearly 500 aspiring parliamentary candidates.

Director of Communications Luke Tamborinyoka said Chamisa said that the party will respect the women’s and the youth quotas in its candidate selection and will also cater for people living with disabilities.

The party says half the seats should be reserved for women and 20 percent for youths.

There were 468 aspiring candidates.

There are 210 seats in the National Assembly, 60 in the Senate and 60 proportional representation seats reserved for women.

The MDC-T is, however, in an alliance with six other parties and will be required to reserve seats for the other parties.

The party says it will complete its candidate selection by 12 May but it is not clear whether it has 3 418 aspiring candidates or 4 418 candidates.

Tamborinyoka gave the figure of 3 418 while Chamisa said there were over 4 418 candidates.

Full statement:

Friday, 27 April 2018

President Chamisa addresses aspiring party candidates

President Adv. Nelson Chamisa and the party leadership today hosted a workshop for 468 aspiring parliamentary candidates where he preached the gospel of unity and togetherness, stressing that the forthcoming election had nothing to do with their individual interests but with the interests of the people of Zimbabwe.

President Chamisa, who was accompanied by members of the party’s leadership, stressed that the candidate selection process will respect the women’s quota and the youth quota in line with the party’s resolutions and the party’s ideology of social democracy.

Addressing the workshop, which lasted for seven hours, the MDC Alliance Presidential candidate said the party will also cater for people living with disabilities in its candidate selection process, saying the internal electoral process should be inclusive of everyone with the will to serve.

He said the party will carefully look into the aptitude of its councilors, saying those engaged in corruption, vote buying, hate language and other misdemeanours will be disqualified.

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