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#ElectionsZW: Chamisa’s CCC unfazed by court battle threats over party acronym

#ElectionsZW: Chamisa’s CCC unfazed by court battle threats over party acronym

Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), led by Nelson Chamisa has announced that it is unfazed by fresh threats of legal action for using the acronym “CCC” and the party colour yellow.

A political party purporting to be Citizens Convergence for Change recently wrote to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), threatening to pursue legal action against the Chamisa-led CCC and commission over the use of the abbreviation CCC.

Citizens Convergence for Change secretary-general Farai Zhou, in a letter dated January 28 to ZEC queried that the commission should not ‘’accept a new political party that uses the abbreviation CCC.”

Zhou charged that the abbreviation CCC belonged to their party and that it was ‘’wrong for ZEC to consider that it can easily parcel it off to another entity.”

CCC national spokesperson Fadzai Mahere ‘however dismissed Zhou arguing that there was no merit whatsoever to the contentions he raised given the fact that Chamisa “championed the Citizens Convergence for Change agenda at the start of 2021.”

“There is no law that provides for the registration of political parties by ZEC which means there is no competent basis for the challenge he raises.

‘’His mala fides became more apparent from the fact that his “outfit” failed to field any candidates for the coming by-election.

“We actually conducted all the required due diligence and inquired from ZEC prior to establishing our new party whether there was any party with the same acronym CCC  they said there was none,” added Mahere.

Mahere opined that the fresh court battle threats over a doppelganger party acronym was an “attempt by the regime to stall the existence of multi-party democracy by sponsoring rogue outfits with a view to quashing the will of the people.”

ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba recently said the commission “does not adjudicate who has the right to the name of a political party because there is no legal framework that mandates the commission to regulate, deregulate and register political parties.”

Zhou’s bid to put up a fight has been exposed as bogus following the ignorance of his matter by Bulawayo-based lawyer, Tavengwa Hara, named in the letter as Zhou’s representative but says Zhou is not his client.

 Chigumba added that ZEC would not tolerate “letters for clout” from political parties who dispute over party names, referring them to settle their differences in the electoral court.

#ElectionsZW: Chamisa’s CCC unfazed by court battle threats over party acronym

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