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Nomination Court Requirements

NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES
This is a process that requires prospective candidates to go through the nomination court which
qualifies or disqualifies one to contest in any election.
 Nominations of Presidential Candidates will be received at a single designated venue in
Harare.
 Nominations of National Assembly Constituency members will be received at designated
Provincial venues for all constituencies in the respective provinces.
 Nominations of party-list candidates for the Senate, National Assembly and Provincial
Councils will be received at designated Provincial venues.
 Nominations of candidates for election to local authority councils will be received at
designated offices of the various local authorities country-wide.
Who qualifies for nomination court?
 Any person who meets the requisite qualifications.
Presidential Candidate
For one to be a presidential candidate one must
 Be a citizen of Zimbabwe
 Be a registered voter
 Be 40 years of age and above
 Be nominated for by at least 10 registered voters from each of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces
 Provide with the nomination form
 3 passport size photographs (full colour)
 Original birth certificate and a copy
 Original I.D. and a copy
 Nomination fee of $1000
 2 signed copies of the code of Conduct of Political parties and candidates
 Ensure that the nomination form is endorsed by an authorised Party Representative, if
sponsored by a political party.
National Assembly Constituency Candidate
For one to be a Constituency National Assembly Candidate one must:
 Be a citizen of Zimbabwe
 Be a registered voter
 Be 21 years of age and above
 Be nominated by at least 5 registered voters from the contested constituency
 Provide with the nomination forms
 3 passport size photographs (full colour)
 Original birth certificate and a copy
 Original I.D. and a copy
 Nomination fee of $50
 2 signed copies of the code of Conduct of Political parties and candidates
 Ensure that the nomination form is endorsed by an authorised Party Representative, if
sponsored by a political party.
The prospective candidate must not be disqualified under the Fourth Schedule of the
Constitution from registration as a voter.
Local Authority Candidate (Councilor)
For one to be a Local Authority Candidate one must:
 Be a citizen of Zimbabwe
 Be a registered voter
 Be 21 years of age and above
 Be nominated by at least 5 registered voters within the ward being contested
 Provide with the nomination forms
 3 passport size photographs (full colour)
 Original birth certificate and a copy
 Original I.D. and a copy
 2 signed copies of the code of Conduct of Political parties and candidates
 Ensure that the nomination form is endorsed by an authorised Party Representative, if
sponsored by a political party.
The prospective candidate must not be disqualified
 under the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution from registration as a voter.
 In terms of Section 119(2) of the Electoral Act
Party List Candidates
A party contesting one or more National Assembly Constituency seats in a province may submit
nominations for party list seats. Political Parties must submit, together with the Party-List
nomination forms, a nomination fee of $100 per party list.
Senate (At least 6 candidates per list in order of preference)
Candidates for the Senate Party List must:
 Be a citizen of Zimbabwe
 Be a registered voter
 Be 40 years of age and above
 Provide 3 passport size photographs (full colour)
 Be registered within the Province concerned
The Party list must adopt the Zebra format of having alternating female and male candidates
with a female candidate always heading the list in order of preference.
National Assembly (Women Quota) (At least 6 candidates per list in order of preference)
Candidates for the National Assembly Party List must:
 Be a citizen of Zimbabwe
 Be a registered voter
 Be 21 years of age and above
 Provide 3 passport size photographs (full colour)
 Be registered within the Province concerned
Provincial Council (At least 10 candidates per list in order of preference)
Candidates for the Provincial Council Party List must:
 Be a citizen of Zimbabwe
 Be a registered voter
 Be 21 years of age and above
 Provide 3 passport size photographs (full colour)
 Be registered within the Province concerned
The Party list must adopt the Zebra format of having alternating female and male candidates
with a female candidate always heading the list in order of preference
Party-List Disqualifications.
One is disqualified for nomination on the party list if:
 On party list in more than one province;
 If on more than one party list;
 If standing as a candidate as a constituency member of the National assembly or as a
councillor Prohibited Symbols
The following symbols must not be used as political party symbols in terms of Section 46 of the
Electoral Act
1. A lion;
2. A bird of prey;
3. A rhinocerous;
4. A laurel wreath
5. A leopard
6. A cheetah
7. An owl
8. A sword
9. A griffon
10. A cobra
11. A secretary bird
12. A flaming torch
13. An axe
14. An elephant
15. A buffalo
16. A flame lily

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