(Last Updated on March 27, 2023 by ZIMDAILY EDITOR)
HARARE – The Citizens And Community Consensus Candidate Selection Procedures document prepared by the change champions indicates that for one to qualify for mayoral, parliamentary committee and council chairperson positions, one needs to have relevant professional qualifications.
Moreover, an aptitude test will be conducted for aspiring Mayors, deputy mayors, council chairpersons and committee chairpersons at both Local Government and Parliamentary to assess their ability to take the leadership positions.
Parliamentary candidates should be able to read and interpret legislation and national policies, while council candidates must have the ability to read and interpret council legislation, administrative by-laws, and policies, according to the party guidelines.
CCC deputy secretary for elections Ellen Shiriyedenga said, this was e=toe ensure efficiency and effective leadership at all levels.
“Without professional experience in the field, one may not be able to comprehend the issues raised and will fail to address the problems arising.
“So, setting those literacy requirements is a way of ensuring maximum productivity.”
In its document, the CCC said ordinary citizens had the authority to select representatives of their choice.
Part of the document reads; “Zimbabwe is no exception to the increased global sentiment for citizen inclusion and leadership accountability in all governance spheres”.
“In response to this growing sentiment, the citizens’ movement seeks to present candidates that are a product of broad citizen consultations and inclusion in an effort to entrench the new culture of citizen engagement, participatory democracy and democratic accountability.”
CCC leader Nelson Chamisa has on numerous times insisted that the latest candidate selection process was community-based candidate to avoid the imposition of candidates on the electorate.
“We want a leader whom the people want, our focus is on community track record — what are the people saying about the leader they want?We are concerned with personality, not money. Our emphasis is on people participation,” Chamisa said
Zanu PF held its primary elections to select parliamentary and local authority candidates to represent the party in the upcoming elections set for July or August during the weekend.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is yet to proclaim the election dates.