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Date:22 Mar 2013
Zimbabwe: Political Parties Gear up for Upcoming Election

Political parties have shifted their attention to the general elections to be held by June 29, with Zanu-PF expected to unveil its manifesto in a fortnight, while the MDC elections directorate is expected to make pronouncements on its primary elections next week.

The move by the political parties follows the successful holding of the constitutional referendum last weekend which saw the majority of voters endorsing the draft. Zanu-PF secretary for information and publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo said a special politburo meeting would soon be convened to adopt the manifesto and rules and guidelines for primary elections.

“The referendum is over and was well supported, but we are now focusing on the harmonized elections and as a party we are working on various programmes to make sure we get a resounding win,” he said.

“We are also working on the manifesto of the party and it will be out in the next two weeks. The manifesto will highlight the achievements of the party in the various fields of education, health and agriculture.

MDC spokesperson, Mr. Douglas Mwonzora said the MDC was getting ready for the elections and as a party they are prepared for a free and fair election and next week the elections directorate would announce when the primary elections will be held, and ‘’Our manifesto will also be unveiled at a date yet to be decided, but I just want to say we have a comprehensive plan of how an MDC led government will run the country.”

The watershed elections are expected to end the inclusive Government that brought together Zanu-PF, and the MDC.


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