LIVE BLOG: NOMINATION COURT Aspiring councillors at Town House

2134: 23 Presidential candidates have successfully submitted their names at the Nomination Court according to the nomination officer Mr Japhet Mufaro Murenje. The names are as follows:

1. ED Mnangagwa-Zanu PF
2. Nelson Chamisa -MDC Alliance
3. Peter Gava-United Democratic Front
4. Hlabangana Kwanele-(Party not confirmed yet)
5.Divine Mhambi-National Alliance of Patriotic and Democratic Republicans
6. Blessing Kasiyamhuru-Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity
7. Thokozani Khupe-MDC T
8.Lovemore Madhuku -National Constitutional Assembly
9.Noah Manyika-Build Zimbabwe Alliance
10.Violet Mariyacha-United Democracy Movement
11. Brian Mteki-Independent
12. William Mugadza-Bethel Christian Party
13.Joice Mujuru -People’s Rainbow Coalition
14. Nkosana Moyo-Alliance for People’s Agenda
15. Evaristo Chikanga -Rebuilding Zimbabwe Party

16. Makamba Busha-FreeZim Congress
17. Johannes Chiguvare-People’s Progressive Party
18. Melbah Dzepasi-#1980 Freedom Movement Zimbabwe
19. Daniel Shumba-United Democratic Alliance
20. Elton Mangoma-Coalition of Democrats
21. Peter Munyanduri-New Patriotic Front
22. Ambrose Mutinhiri-National Patriotic Front
23. Peter Wilson-Democratic Opposition Party

1728: Joy and jubilation outside Epworth Nomination Court as all candidates for the local authority sailed through the nomination process. Zec official Mr Chakanetsa Chinherera said there were no rejections because all candidates were given an opportunity to go and correct anomalies in their submissions.

1704: The Nomination Court has closed in Midlands and ZEC officials are now going through the vetting process. Zanu PF Midlands Provincial Spokesperson Cde Cornelius Mpereri said all 40 Zanu PF aspiring candidates had successfully submitted their nomination papers. MDC Alliance Gweru Urban aspiring candidate Advocate Brian Dube said his party was happy with the proceedings. Mberengwa North MP Cde Tafanana Zhou said he was confident that his application will be successful.
“I have submitted my papers and now waiting for the response. If considered I have no doubt I will win. It is a matter of how many numbers I’m going to get but victory for me is certain,” he said.

1702: Zec Masvingo provincial elections officer Mr Zex Pudurayi says the nomination court is adjourning to 7 pm to allow consolidation of the final list of successful House of Assembly candidates

1641: At Kadoma Town House nomination court has closed with all aspiring councillors having managed to submit their papers smoothly. They are now waiting for the announcement of successful candidates.

1635: MDC Alliance member and Zanu Ndonga official Mr Reketayi Semwayo has castigated the MDC-T officials saying they had declined signing his Nomination papers to stand in Chipinge Central as had been agreed. He said all members from Zanu Ndonga failed to make it after MDC-T officials declined to sign papers at the last minute. Sources said the MDC-T felt some of the fringe parties had no meaningful value to contribute as they had no structures.

1628: Bulawayo mayor Martin Moyo’s papers are not in order. He represents Ward 3. His name has been called out thrice by the Presiding officer but he is nowhere to be found.

Egypt Dzinemunhenzva after submitting his papers to contest for Hwedza North National Assembly seat at Marondera Magistrates court

1622: Aspiring candidates from various parties in Bulawayo are stranded after arriving late.

1621: The Nomination Court at Rusape Town Council has closed. Aspiring candidates have now assembled to be addressed by ZEC.

1618: Zanu-PF’s Cde Batsitai Pemhenai has submitted his papers as an independent candidate after he was defeated in the primaries by provincial chairman Cde Mike Madiro in Mutare North. Cde Talent Kadzima has also submitted as an independent candidate after losing to Cde Supa Mandiwanzira in Nyanga South.

1614: Candidates still milling around the nomination court in Mutare waiting to submit their papers. Some are complaining that the process has been too slow.

1610: Candidates in last minute rush to submit their papers at the Masvingo Nomination court among them is ex-Zanu PF Bikita South legislator Mr Jappy Jaboon who says he will be contesting the constituency as an independent candidate.

1615: Protest from aspiring candidates as officials say they will announce results as from midnight at Bulawayo council chambers.

1600: The nomination process has ended at Chitungwiza Municipality

1556: Zanu-PF candidate for Ward One in Chitungwiza Cde Gilbert Munetsi said his party was organised and those who won in the primary election are relating well with the losers after an internal healing process.

Zanu-PF Senatorial candidates Beitbridge Tambudzani Mohadi and Alima Mukwevha soon after arriving at Gwanda Magistrates court to file nomination papers

1548: Dr Thokozani Khupe’s MDC-T has also fielded councillors in 5 rural wards of Hwange with most aspiring candidates having crossed over from Nelson Chamisa’s faction in protest over primary election results.

1543: Zanu-PF candidates for the local authority in Chitungwiza are happy with the nomination process and the party has submitted papers for one candidate in every ward. The peaceful Zanu-PF candidates and supporters are watching the drama courtesy of the violent MDC-T youths. Riot police have since driven the rowdy MDC youths out of the council yard in Chitungwiza using police dogs to allow the nomination process to flow peacefully.

Zanu-PF Masvingo province chairman Cde Ezra Chadzamira arrives for the submission of his papers for Masvingo West in the company of Masvingo North candidate Cde Davis Marapira

1538: There was drama at Gweru Magistrates court when MDC Alliance fielded two candidates for the same constituency. The two candidates are Osherd Mutunhami and Daniel Mabonga. Mabonga was forced to withdraw and filed his nomination papers as an independent candidate in protest after Mutunhami was imposed as the MDC Alliance candidate. In an interview, Mabonga said he was endorsed by MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa.

Zanu-PF has replaced Cde Gladys Simango, who was a candidate under the women’s quota, who died on Tuesday, with Cde Miriam Makweya who was the first runner-up in the primary elections. Former Zanu PF member of Parliament for Kwekwe Central Masango Matambanadzo filed his nomination papers under National Patriotic Front (NPF). Kwekwe Central has 12 aspiring candidates who have filed their papers.

Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Perrance Shiri arriving at the Nomination Court

1537: Sitting councillor for Ward 3 in Chitungwiza, Tendai Simon, has been barred from filing his papers by a group of rowdy MDC-T youths. They tore his papers and denied him access to the Nomination Court saying he had overstayed in office. He has been councillor for 10 years.

1537: ZANU PF candidate for Ward 5 Cde Julius Chipfupa says he is happy to have successfully filed his nomination papers. He lost in the 2013 elections and said he will do his best to win the ward from MDC T. Cde Chipfupa will battle with MDC Alliance candidate and sitting councillor Mr Lyton Sithole and Independent candidate Mr Forget Gomana.

1532: NPF spokesperson Jealous Mawarire has filed papers to stand in Hurungwe North constituency.

Zanu-PF Senatorial candidate for Makonde arrives at the Chinhoyi Nomination Court

1520: In the Chinhoyi Urban, about eight disgruntled MDC-T members have submitted their papers as independent candidates after expressing dissatisfaction with the selection processes within the MDC Alliance. One Zanu-PF member who had also submitted his papers as an independent candidate withdrew his papers later in the day. There are 15 wards in the Chinhoyi Urban constituency

1513: Zanu PF Midlands Province chairperson Engineer Daniel MacKenzie Ncube said he was excited about the pending harmonised elections saying all ruling party candidates have managed to file their papers.

“The atmosphere is quite jovial. All parties are relating well to each other. This is truly new dispensation at work,” he said.

Job Sikhala shortly after filing his papers

1512: Prospective Harare councillors are still submitting their papers at Town House. More than 204 have had their papers accepted surpassing 2013’s total of 173.

1505: ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba has expressed satisfaction on the way the Nomination process is going through. In an interview at Harare magistrate Court Justice Chigumba said the announcement of successful candidates should be made today. She said there had been isolated cases of violence where candidates tore Nomination papers for rivals.

Former MDC MP in Manicaland Mr Webster Chinyadza is said to have grabbed rival candidates’ Nomination papers. ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba confirmed receiving the reports but did not give details. MDC-T Deputy National treasurer Mr Charlton Hwende confirmed the incident saying they had to sign new papers for the affected candidates.

MDC Alliance’s Douglas Mwonzora (dotted tie) speaks to the media

1357: At Zvishavane Town Council, Runde Rural District Council, Mberengwa Rural District Council and Shurugwi Rural District Council 60 aspiring councillors from Zanu PF, MDC Alliance, NPF had successfully submitted their nomination papers for council elections.

1316: In Kadoma, some MDC-T candidates who lost during the primary elections are submitting their papers as independent candidates among them aspiring ward 7 councillor Brandon Molife. However, the process is going on smoothly.

1305: MDC Alliance’s Innocent Gonese says the process has been slow but he has submitted his papers. He says there is no time to rectify any mistakes made on the candidates part because everything has to be done on the same day.

Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Senator Josiah Hungwe (L) arriving at court to file his papers for Chive-Mwenezi senatorial seat

1302: Vimbai Tsvangirai, MDC Alliance candidate for Glen View South expresses satisfaction at the way the Nomination process was conducted. Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said all candidates that will contest as independent candidates after losing Zanu-PF primaries would have expelled themselves from the party.

1300: In Midlands, former Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Tapiwanashe Matangaidze has submitted his papers as an independent candidate for Shurugwi South. He was last year, expelled from Zanu-PF on allegations of fanning factionalism. Aspiring Zanu-PF candidate for Lower Gweru constituency Cde Omega Sibanda and Zifa Vice President flew in from Russia to come and submit his nomination papers.

1220: Zanu-PF’s Cde Vengai Musengi has withdrawn from the Chegutu East race paving way for Cde Webster Shamu to contest on the party ticket.

Zimbabwe Industrial and Technological Revolutionary (ZITER) Party aspiring presidential candidate Daniel Chingoma of the Taisek Mhondoro Yemvura fame (with dread locks) submits his nomination papers

1203: Zanu-PF National Assembly candidate for Makokoba constituency retired colonel Tshinga Dube has expressed concern at the slow process at the nomination court in Bulawayo, fearing proceedings might spill deep into the night.

1158: Zanu-PF National Assembly candidates Cdes Albert Nguluvhe (Beitbridge East) and Ruth Maboyi Ncube (Beitbridge West) have submitted their nomination papers at Gwanda Magistrates court. Cde Nguluvhe said he is confident of winning with a huge margin. Meanwhile, Zanu-PF senatorial candidate for Beitbridge constituency Cde Tambuzani Mohadi has arrived at Gwanda Magistrate court to submit her nomination papers.

Dangamvura Chikanga independent candidate cum musician Hosiah Chipanga(right) arrives at the Nomination Court

1158: MDC Alliance’s Mr Mwonzora says they have surrendered the MDC-T name to Dr Khupe saying what is more important is the presidential candidate they are fielding. Mr Mwonzora said it was their hope that there will not be too many presidential candidates.

1136: Firebrand Proportional Representation legislator for Matabeleland South Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga filed nomination papers for MDC-T leader Dr Thokozane Khupe. Hon Mushonga was wearing a red T-shirt inscribed “Hure” at the back and “Me Too” in front in protest against people who shouted “Hure!” to Dr Thokozane Khupe.

Firebrand Proportional Representation legislator for Matebeleland South Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga filed nomination papers for MDC-T leader Dr Thokozane Khupe.


1124: Some candidates are being whisked out of the courtroom and being made to pay fines for contempt of court, after disrupting the process as many of them failed to switch off their cellphones.

1121: Some candidates might fail on minor technicalities. As some of them are submitting their papers and leaving before their names are called out to make payments.

Cde Energy Mutodi filing his papers

1114: Zanu PF National Assembly Bulawayo Central candidate Cde Mlungisi Moyo, says he fears the process might drag into the night as officials are overwhelmed by numbers. Cde Moyo says this is a sign that Zimbabweans are happy with the new dispensation. “There is freedom of expression and it is evident in the number of candidates. There will be Victors and victims of the Democratic process.”

1109: Former Kwekwe Mayor Mr Shadreck Tobaiwa who is eying a return in the council arriving at the Kwekwe townhouse to file his nomination papers

1107: Proceedings have briefly halted in court 6 as chaos is the order of the day. The presiding officer is calling for order but the candidates are turning deaf ears.

1103: MDC Alliance candidate for Zengeza West Mr Job Sikhala is confident of election victory. He said his victory was a foregone event given the support he said he wields in the constituency.

Candidates at Masvingo Provincial Magistrate court waiting to file their nomination papers

1102: There is chaos in court 6 at Rotten Row were the nomination is taking place as hundreds of candidates are trying to squeeze their way into the tiny room. Police details are maintaining order.

“Please honourable members be honourable enough and maintain order muri vanhu vakuru wani,” a police officer shouted.

1100: Bulawayo deputy mayor, Mr Gift Banda, has arrived to file his Nomination papers. Nomination is progressing well with a number of councillors having filed their Nomination papers. The council chambers are swamped by candidates and police are controlling entrance.

Cde Webster Shamu and his wife Constance walk out of the Nomination Court after submitting his papers in Chinhoyi

1059: In Bulawayo province the nomination court officially sat this morning having so far processed approximately 100 nominations as of 9am today. In Hwange district, Nomination Courts are running at Hwange Local Board, Hwange Rural District Council(HRDC) and Vic Falls Municipality. Aspiring candidates waiting for the courts mainly HRDC to open

1058: Former Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa confirms that he is standing as an independent candidate in the Zvimba South House of Assembly.

1058: In Zaka district , Nomination of local authority candidates is progressing well at the council’s boardroom.

MDC Alliance’s Job Sikhala filing his Nomination papers

1054: Peoples Rainbow Coalition national chair Mr Dzikamai Mavhaire who is eyeing a senatorial seat has arrived at the Nomination Court to submit his papers.

1052: Herbert Hlatywayo of Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity who is contesting for Harare ward 37 said he was happy with the process which he said was fast. He said he was told that his papers are in order and will have to come back at 4pm for results.


ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chingumba chats with an official from ZEC during the reception of nomination papers of aspiring presidential candidates for the 2018 harmonised elections at the High Court of Zimbabwe this morning. – (Picture by Shelton Muchena)

1051: Cde Ozias Bvute, Zanu-PF candidate for Goromonzi North submits his nomination papers.

1048: Nomination Court for Presidential candidates has opened at the High Court. Presidential candidates who have successfully filed their papers so far are: President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Noah Manyika, Nelson Chamisa, Violet Mariyacha and Joice Mujuru.

1010: Interestingly, in Chegutu East Zanu-PF has submitted two names with former Mashonalnd West provincial minister Cde Webster Shamu and youth league provincial chairman Cde Vengai Musengi being announced as candidates for Zanu-PF.

Representatives and aspiring candidates of presidential candidates for the 2018 harmonised elections wait for their turn to submit nomination papers at the High Court of Zimbabwe this morning. – (Picture by Shelton Muchena)

1000: In Beitbridge, there are two nomination courts for local government elections for Beitbridge. The district has 21 wards ( 6 urban and 15 rural)
Rural local government elections candidates will be submitting their documents at the Beitbridge rural district council boardroom. Those contesting urban ward are submitting at the municipality chambers. A handful of candidates are already waiting for the nomination court to open.

0945: Opposition parties candidates in Mashonaland West hail ZEC’s Nomination Court process. CODE senatorial candidate Mr Ezeria George Horwe said the process is fair and there has been no violence and intimidation witnessed yet. They also expect the coming harmonised elections to be free and fair judging on the nomination court proceedings.



0942: ZEC provincial elections officer Mr Austin Ndlovu started proceedings announcing the list of House of Assembly candidates and all Zanu-PF candidates have already submitted their papers. Mr Ndlovu indicated that the list had all candidates who submitted their nomination papers earlier urging those still to submit to do so. Overall results of those who would have succeeded or failed to be announced at 4 pm. Candidates are just filing their papers before leaving and will return at 4pm.

0926: The nomination court for  National Assembly has set at the Rotten Row Magistrates court. The presiding officer is calling out names of the candidates from different political parties. MDC-T’s Jessy Majome filed as an independent. Matabeleland South Nomination Court for 13 National Assembly constituencies and Senatorial candidates and provincial councils is sitting at the Gwanda Magistrates Court.


0923: In Masvingo Province, the Nomination Court for Senate, National Assembly, Provincial Council and Women’s quota is sitting at the Masvingo Magistrates court. The Nomination Court for Masvingo City Council election is sitting at the Civic Centre boardroom.

0915: In Chiredzi the Nomination Court for aspiring rural and urban councillors seats at Chiredzi Town Council Boardroom. Candidates from various political parties are already waiting outside the court. In Kadoma the Nomination court for aspiring rural and urban councillors seats for Sanyati and Kadoma seats at Kadoma Town House Council Chambers. Proceedings have just commenced.

0912: In Midlands Province , the Nomination Court for Senatorial,  National Assembly, Provincial Council and Women’s Quota is sitting in the Midlands Capital – Gweru at Gweru Magistrates Court. The programme is expected to start at 10am. For the urban and rural district councils, the aspiring candidates are submitting their papers at the various council offices across the province.


0910: In Mashonaland West, the Nomination Court for Senatorial,  National Assembly, Provincial Council and Women’s Quota is sitting in Chinhoyi at the Civil Court. The programme is expected to start at 10 am. For the urban and rural district councils, the aspiring candidates are submitting their papers at the various council offices across the province.

0900: Aspiring candidates for the 2018 harmonised elections have today thronged the Nomination Court to file their papers.

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