President Mnangagwa sets by-elections date

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Harare (New Ziana) – President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday proclaimed 26th of March as the date on which by-elections will be held to fill vacant parliamentary and local council seats countrywide.
He made the proclamation through Statutory Instrument 2 of 2022. According to the proclamation, the Nomination Court will sit on 26 January 2022.
By-elections are due in over 100 parliamentary constituencies and wards, necessitated by recalls of incumbents by bickering opposition parties.
A few of the vacancies were occasioned by death and re-assignment of sitting legislators and councilors.
“Whereas, in terms of section 129(1)(k) and section 159 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, as read with section 39(1), of the Electoral Act the seats of members of Parliament for Pumula, Nkulumane, Epworth, Glen Norah, Harare Central, Highfield East, Highfield West, Kuwadzana East, Kuwadzana, Mufakose, St Marys, Glen View North, Kambuzuma, Harare East, Dangamvura-Chikanga, Mutasa South, Marondera Central, Marondera East, Murewa South, Chivi South, Mwenezi East, Binga North, Tsholotsho South, Mkoba, Kwekwe, Mbizo, Mberengwa South and Gokwe Central have become vacant by reason of members of the National Assembly having ceased to belong to a political party which they were members when elected to the National Assembly, by reason of the death of the members of the National Assembly and by reason of appointment of a member to another post.
“And whereas it is provided by section 39(2) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], that after the President has been notified in terms of the said section of vacancies in the membership of National Assembly, he shall issue a proclamation ordering a new election to fill the vacancies in the same manner, mutatis mutandis, as is provided in section 38 of the said Act in regard to a general election; And whereas, the Speaker of Parliament has notified me in writing of vacancies in the National Assembly due to the recall of the following Members of the National Assembly who ceased to belong to a political party which they were members when elected to the National Assembly; Sichelesile Mahlangu—Pumula, Kucaca Phulu—Nkulumane, Earthrage Kureva—Epworth,Wellington Chikombo—Glen Norah, Murisi Zwizwai—Harare Central, ErickMurai—Highfield East, Happymore Chidziva—Highfield West, Chalton Hwende—Kuwadzana East, Susan Matsunga—Mufakose, Unganai D Tarusenga—St Marys, Willias Madzimure—Kambuzuma, Laxton Tendai Biti—Harare East, Chapfika Mutseyami—Dangamvura-Chikanga, Regai Tsunga—Mutasa South, Caston Mawetu—Marondera Central, Killer Zivhu—Chivi South, Prince Dubeko Sibanda—Binga North, Amos Chibaya—Mkoba and Settlement Chikwinya—Mbizo;
“And whereas, the Speaker of Parliament has notified me in writing of vacancies in the National Assembly due to the death of the following Members of Parliament; Miriam Mushayi—Kuwadzana, Kennedy Dinar—Glen View North, Patrick Chidakwa—Marondera East, Joel Biggie Matiza—Murewa South, Joobsi Omar—Mwenezi East, Sibanda Zenzo—Tsholotsho South,Masango Matambanadzo—Kwekwe and Alum Mpofu—Mberengwa South;
“And whereas, the Speaker of Parliament has notified me that a vacancy exists in the membership of the National Assembly for Gokwe Central Constituency following the appointment of Victor Matemadanda to the position of Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique:
“Now, therefore, under and by virtue of the powers vested in the President as afore said, I do, by this proclamation— (a) order new elections for the afore-mentioned Constituencies; and (b) fix Wednesday the 26th day of January, 2022, as the date on which the nomination courts shall sit, commencing at 10 o’clock in the morning at… And (c) fix Saturday the 26th day of March 2022, as the day on which a poll shall be taken if a poll becomes necessary in terms of section 46 (17) (c) of the Electoral Act,” said President Mnangagwa.
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