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POPPY KHOZA DECLINES NOMINATION, PHESHEYA VILAKATI IN

MBABANE - Poppy Khoza, wife to the late former Deputy Prime Minister,  Arthur Khoza left her supporters disappointed when she declined a nomination to stand for the general elections in the Member of Parliament (MP) category.

Poppy, who is not new in trying her luck in the elections, was nominated at the Sidwashini Umphakatsi which falls under the Mbabane East Inkhundla. Had she accepted the nomination, she would have joined other popular figures such as former Member of Parliament (MP) Esther Dlamini and former Mbabane Councillor Sikhatsi Dlamini, among others, who have also been nominated under the Mbabane East Inkhundla. Worth noting is that in 2018, she tried her luck in the general elections but did not make it through, something which made many conclude that she might have been affected by the fact that her support was dominated by voters from low-density areas.

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For years, the Mbabane East Inkhundla elections have been dominated by residents of Msunduza, who are known to come out in the numbers to participate in the elections. When asked to state the reason why she declined the nomination, she mentioned that it was confidential. “I may not make my reason public but I do encourage more support for women in the general elections,” she said. Meanwhile, yesterday’s elections ran smoothly with the residents seemingly well prepared and clear about the people they had come to nominate. As a result, in all the three categories there were less than 10 nominated candidates as the residents would just reach a consensus that they were done. For bucopho, only seven people were nominated while for indvuna yenkhundla there were about six.

For the position of MP, the residents nominated seven people, one of them being Communications Specialist Phesheya Vilakati. By 2pm, the exercise had been completed, which allowed the nominated candidates enough time to go through the vetting exercise and photoshoot session.