President Mnangagwa has by proclamation ordered the holding of a by-election to the fill the vacant Lupane East constituency seat in the National Assembly. The vacancy resulted from the death of the former MP, Mrs Sithembile Gumbo [ZANU-PF], on 5th April 2019. The President’s proclamation was gazetted on 31st May in Statutory Instrument 123/2019.
Nomination day – Friday 14th June
The nomination court will sit from 10 am on Friday 14th June at the Western Commonage Magistrates Court, Mpopoma, Bulawayo [“Wednesday” in paragraph (b), line 1, of SI 123 is obvious nonsense and will be corrected].
Polling day – Saturday 3rd August
If polling becomes necessary – i.e., if two or more candidates are declared duly nominated on 14th June – it will take place on Saturday 3rd August.
(Information courtesy of Veritas Zimbabwe)
MIHR COMMENT: The right to vote is a human right in Zimbabwe and is enshrined in Section 67 of the Constitution.
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