The ruling ZANU PF has slated its 2023 primary elections for Saturday 25 March 2023 after being moved from the initial date.
The elections were initially scheduled for the 18th of March but were postponed with the party’s political commissar, Mike Bimha, saying the postponement was necessitated by an overwhelming response from candidates vying to represent the party.
In an update, Bimha said the leader of the ZANU PF party, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had slated the primary elections for 25 March 2023. He said:
The Politburo finalized the list of candidates. His Excellency directed that the primary elections will be held on Saturday 25 March from 7.00 to 4 pm.
The thrust was to make sure that everyone meeting the criteria was not blocked. The PB met on Monday to go through the CVs. A decision was made to allow members from the CCC and MdC as returnees to contest if they wanted to for any seats that they so desired.
Those from CCC were, however, denied to contest at the senatorial level.
Bimha said the results of the primary elections will be announced next week.
He also said the provinces, led by the Politburo, are holding meetings to announce the members who qualified to contest in the election.
Those who would have won in the primary elections will represent ZANU PF in the national harmonised elections scheduled for July this year.