Cletus Mushanawani News Editor
ZANU-PF has designed a new membership register to have authentic data of its members from grassroots to the Politburo ahead of next year’s harmonised elections.
The party has also resolved to mobilise its membership around polling stations following an announcement by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission that the 2008 election boundaries will be used in next year’s harmonised elections. In a telephone interview on Wednesday afternoon, Zanu-PF provincial secretary for administration Cde Kenneth Saruchera said they wanted to ensure that all structures of the party were strong from the cells right up to the Politburo. Last weekend saw Zanu-PF holding inter-district workshops across the party’s eight administration structures in Manicaland.
“The workshops were part of our efforts to educate the party’s leadership on the importance of mobilising our members ahead of 2018 elections. We cannot sit back and relax thinking that we have strong grassroots, yet there are no people. We now have a recently designed cell register which helps us to ensure that the cells are there on the ground. These new cell registers will be used in all party elections, be it primary or party position elections. For the cell registers to be effective, accurate information should be captured and that was the reason for the inter-district workshops.
“We are pleased with the turnout of the leaders who were equipped with information to impart to cell and branch leaders for them to come up with vibrant structures,” said Cde Saruchera.
He said they were also educating all members on the importance of registering as voters.
“People are now excited about what Zanu-PF has to offer as a political party and are making enquiries on how to become members. This is so exciting, but this should translate into votes, a reason why we are educating people on the importance of registering. Our election roadmap was also made clear by ZEC’s announcement that elections will be polling station based. We are now targeting those people who were sitting on the fence to register as voters,” said Cde Saruchera.