Political analyst criticises having too many political parties, registered to contest in the 2018 harmonised elections


By Maxwell Tapatapa

Political analyst Mr Elton Ziki, says Zimbabwe does not need 107 political parties taking part in this year's harmonised elections, given its population and gross domestic product.

His remarks come after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, revealed that there are 107 registered parties.

In an interview with Star FM News, Mr Ziki said too many political parties in a  small country like Zimbabwe ,may confuse the electorate.

Meanwhile the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), has announced the appointment of Mr Utloile Silaigwana ,as the acting chief elections officer.

Mr Silaigwana takes over from Mrs Constance Chigwamba, who has been re-deployed to the public service commission.

In a statement, ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba ,said the appointment is with effect from the beginning of this month.

Mr Silaigwana previously worked, in the then electoral supervisory commission, as director civic and voter education, public relations and international liaison and joined ZEC as deputy chief elections officer,  responsible for operations in 2007.

Mr Silaigwana is a holder of several qualifications in elections administration including a masters in electoral policy and administration.

He has observed elections in Rwanda, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Ghana and Namibia under the AU election observation mission.

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