MDC in poll boycott u-turn

 MDC in poll boycott u-turn
Published: 30 September 2018
THE MDC has finally abandoned its poll boycott stance and will contest the Mutoko North by-election in November after sitting legislator Mabel Chinomona of Zanu-PF was recently elevated to becoming Senate President.

The MDC and its breakaway groups have been boycotting the country's by-elections in attempts to press for electoral reforms.

Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume confirmed the development to, adding that the opposition will not give up on its demands for a level electoral playing field.

"Yes we are going to meet soon as a party and we will choose our candidate to contest in the Mutoko North constituency by-election," Mafume said.

The Zanu-PF women's league boss won the seat in the July 30 election, polling a massive 16 902 votes against her challengers, Boniface Mushore of MDC Alliance's 3 151 votes with Kativhu Shamu of FreeZim Congress managing a tiny 262 votes.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has proclaimed November 24 as the day the by-election will be held with the Nomination Court sitting October 12.

Meanwhile, MDC-T Deputy President Obert Gutu said the party led by Thokozani Khupe was set to meet as the National Standing Committee and come up with a position on whether to also take part in the by-election.
- newzimbabwe
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