Professor Lovemore Madhuku’s NCA says it only managed to field 72 candidates to contest for the national assembly seats this July with the rest blocked from filing their papers during nomination last month by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), NewZimbabwe.com reported.
Party spokesperson Madock Chivasa blamed ZEC for “deliberately” denying aspiring party MPs access to the voters’ roll.
Chivasa, who is NCA aspiring MP for Bikita West MP, said most of their candidates were turned away at the nomination courts after the names of those who were supposed to nominate them failed to find their names in the voters’ roll.
He also indicated that out of 1958 councillors, only 534 had their papers accepted by ZEC on the nomination court day.
“The issues were the same and were that of the non-availability of names of the candidates’ nominators in the voters’ roll and this was problematic not only to us but to several other political parties,” he said.
Chivasa said the provision of the voters roll before the sitting of the nomination court was one of the genuine reforms which parties should have been advocating for.