The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPEC) on Thursday met the three political parties with representation in Parliament namely Zanu PF, MDC T and MDC at the Zimbabwe Institute offices to discuss strategies for collaboration on promoting peace in the run up to the upcoming elections.

Chairperson of the Commission, Retired Justice Sello Nare said that the commission recognised that the political parties are critical players in promoting peace, unity and social cohesion and hence had decided to engage them to establish collaboration.

The political parties applauded the NPRC initiative to engage the political parties and pledged to fully cooperate and support the upcoming programmes of the Commission.

MDC-T Secretary General, Hon. Douglas Mwonzora informed the NPRC that as the parties in Parliament they were already involved in a programme of interparty dialogue that seeks to find national solutions.

As part of these efforts, the parties recently completed a draft Code of Conduct for political parties working in consultation with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

The Code has since been handed to the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs with a view to incorporate it into the Electoral Amendment Act currently being considered in Parliament.

MDC Secretary General, Hon. Miriam Mushayi said the dialogue platform that the parties had established would complement the work of the NPRC in peaceful resolution of political conflict.

Zanu PF Director of Administration, Ret. Col. Dickson Dzora implored the NPRC to set up structures at local levels to ensure that community dialogue resulting in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict at the grassroots.