ZANU PF Starts Women’s Quota Selection in Local Authorities
Brian Rungano Temba
ZANU-PF commissariat has given the green light to its members in all provinces to start the selection of the 30 percent women’s quota selection in all local authorities.
In a statement dated May 11, the commissariat said all provinces should immediately start selecting their preferred candidates.
“It is pertinent that all provinces should start the process of identifying and electing suitable candidates under the 30 percent women’s quota in all the local authorities,” reads part of the communique.
The statement further says that the thirty-per cent Women’s Quota in the Local Authority electoral category is catered for in the Constitution section 277 (4).
“…It states that an Act of Parliament may provide for the election, by a system of Proportional representation referred to in subsection (5), of at least thirty percent to the total members of the Local Council elected on Ward basis as Women,”
The National Commissariat said the candidates should have the qualifications approved by Cabinet under the approved Principle of academic qualification.
A minimum of five O’levels has been pegged as the benchmark, with a Diploma or a Degree being an added advantage.
“All women in the Party Structure from cell or village and upwards constitute the electoral college,” read the communique.
Cabinet in 2020 considered and approved principles of the Amendment of the Constitution on Proportional Representation in Local Authorities.
The proposal was in response to the submission by Women Councilors at Victoria Falls which President Mnangagwa undertook to bring to Cabinet.
The principles seek to extend the progressive constitutional provisions on gender equality to local Government