Governance, Elections, Advocacy, Research Services (GEARS) Initiative is concerned at the emergency of a culture of “candidate disappearance” ahead of bye elections nomination after parties have successfully adopted such candidates.
This culture has potential not only to kill competitive electoral democracy but entrench political mistrusts within and outside political parties and further weaken parties.
It is important that opposition political parties find a lasting solution to this practice of “candidate disappearances” rather than dwell on fingering at their opponents.
Notwithstanding, GEARS Initiative is happy that Kasenengwa and the five ward bye-election nominations proceeded peacefully and conducted orderly and we hope the campaigns will also be incident free.
The parties whose candidates managed to file in their nominations, must now acquaint themselves with the electoral Code of conduct and report all electoral breaches to relevant authorities for investigations and possible actions.
While those whose candidates bolted, it is time to restrategise for the future.
The people of Kasenengwa are also encouraged to scan all political candidates and messages for them not to base their vote on the parties but the abilities and capacities of the contesting candidates to deliver services to them.
Electoral Expert/Executive Director