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Mnangagwa proclaims dates for by-elections

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa has proclaimed 26 March this year as the day the country shall hold its long outstanding by-elections to fill up more than 130 parliamentary and council seats which fell vacant through recalls, deaths and redeployments on representatives who had been elected in the positions during the 2018 elections.

In a Statutory Instrument (No 2/2022) issued 24 December 2021 but made public this Thursday, Mnangagwa listed the specific constituencies in which by elections shall be held.

He continued, “Now therefore, under and by virtue of the powers vested in the President as afore said, I do, by this proclamation –

  • Order new elections fore the afore mentioned Constituencies and,
  • Fix Wednesday the 26th day of January, 2022, at the date on which the nomination courts shall sit, commencing at 10 o’clock in the morning…”

Mnangagwa went on to list the courts where the nomination exercise shall take place.

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He added, “Fix 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 (Chapter 2:13).

The country’s by-elections will be first to be held since the 2018 harmonised elections and shall come as a barometer to pending national elections in 2023.

Most of the constituencies to be contested belonged to MDC Alliance, many of whose MPs and councillors were recalled by the Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T, which was ruled as the legitimate of the factions by the courts in 2020.

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