Political analysts and observers have commended the progress achieved so far in preparing for nominations and the holding of peaceful, credible and transparent elections in the country.

The analysts commended the work being done by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in preparing for the polls, saying the elections administration body is executing its mandate and earning the trust of the people.

They said political parties have also played their part except for some that have taken time to come up with their manifestos and what they have to offer to the people and coming up with candidates in certain areas.

The media was also commended for informing and educating the electorate on their rights and privileges on the harmonised elections and the kind of candidates being offered and what each candidate stands for.

Commenting on the proliferation of presidential candidates, University of Zimbabwe (UZ) academic, Dr Lawrence Chimhanda said some candidates are shortchanging the electorate by not campaigning, not having manifestos and delaying primaries in some constituencies.

The 2018 harmonised elections have made history by having a record 120 presidential candidates and a record number of political parties.

Another analyst and researcher, Mr Butler Tambo said it is disappointing to note that women have not risen up to the challenge of contesting in the polls, highlighting inadequate proportions as required by the constitution.

“It is disappointing to note that women continue to be outnumbered by their male counterparts in various political parties that have selected representatives in the various constituencies,” he said.

UZ Political Science lecturer, Mr Ashton Murwira said the electoral body is playing its part to ensure compliance with the constitution and the electoral laws.

With preparations for elections having moved in compliance with the law and the constitution this far, Zimbabweans have every reason to be confident of a free, fair, transparent and violent free election as envisaged by the new political order in the country.