According to the available timetable of CCM nomination processes, the party’s candidates for MPs across the country will be selected as follows:
Stage 1 – Collecting and returning forms – July 15-19
Stage 2 – Campaign meetings for local selection polls – July 20-31
Stage 3 – Local selection polls (“Kura za Maoni”) – August 1
Stage 4 – Compiling results of local selection polls – August 2
Stage 5 – Meeting of the District Politics Committee – August 3
Stage 6 – Meeting of the Regional Politics Committee – August 5
Stage 7 – Meeting of the Central Committee – August 10
Stage 8 – National Executive Committee Meeting to appoint MP candidates – August 11-12
According to the party’s constitution, at each stage from local selection polls through to final meeting of the National Executive Committee (Halmashauri Kuu ya Taifa), each relevant body makes non-binding recommendations to the next body involved in the process. At any stage the recommendations from a lower level can be overturned.
As such, the local selection polls – in which all party members within a constituency can cast a vote in favour of their preferred candidate – are not the final decision.
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The full timetable (as posted on hakingowi.com) also has details of the timetable for selecting the party’s candidates for other positions, including the presidential candidate, special seats nominees, and councillors: CCM Ratiba ya Uchaguzi 2015.