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Mnangangwa orders new elections in 6 constituencies

by Staff reporter
03 Dec 2023 at 21:06hrs | Views
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has mandated new elections in response to the recent recall of six members of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) national assembly by the "party secretary general," Sengezo Tshabangu. The recalled members include Siziba Gift Ostallos (Pelandaba), Chatiza Steven (Goromonzi South), Madzimbamuto Tapfumanei Willard (Seke), Chivero Admore (Chegutu West), Mutasa Oliver (Zvimba East), and Chibaya Amos (Mkoba).

Through Statutory Instrument (SI) 235 of 2023, as published in a supplement to the government Gazette dated December 1, 2023, President Mnangagwa announced new elections in these six constituencies, scheduling the by-election for February 3, 2024.

The proclamation, citing Section 129(1)(k) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, states that the seats of the aforementioned CCC members became vacant on November 10, 2023, as they ceased to be members of CCC. The President, in accordance with section 39(2) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], issues a proclamation ordering new elections after being notified of parliamentary vacancies.

The nomination court is set to convene on Monday, December 18, 2023, at 10:00 hrs. Nominations for the Pelandaba constituency will be received at the Tredgold Building Magistrate Court in Bulawayo. Goromonzi South and Seke constituency nominations will be accepted at the Magistrates Court on Ruzawi Road, Marondera, while Chegutu West and Zvimba East constituency nominations will be received at the Magistrates Court on Gerrard Drive, Chinhoyi. The Magistrates Court on Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa Street, Gweru, will handle nominations for the Mkoba North constituency.

This by-election proclamation follows a previous one that set December 9, 2023, as the election date for CCC legislators who were recalled by Tshabangu. However, the Supreme Court rejected the legislators' appeal last week, ruling it defective due to non-compliance with court filing rules. The legislators had contested their recall in an attempt to remain in Parliament, challenging a High Court order that initially declared their recall as legitimate.

Source - newzimbabwe