By Justin Mahlahla
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has proclaimed Friday the 28th of January as the date on which the nomination court for six constituencies will sit after they were previously cancelled as they were allegedly not vacant.
However, the High Court later ruled that nomination would proceed, but by the time the order reached the zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the nomination process had closed.
The President has therefore exercised his powers to set Friday the 28th as the date for the nomination court to sit in respect of the six constituencies, which are:
- Pumula and Nkulumane (the Magistrates Court, Tredgold Building, Leopold Takawira Avenue, Bulawayo)
- Kambuzuma and Harare East (the Magistrates Court, Abdel Gamal Nasser Road (Rotten Row), Harare,
- Mutasa South Constituency (the Magistrates Court, 102–4, Herbert Chitepo (Main Street) Mutare,
- Mbizo Constituency (the Magistrates Court, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa (Main Street), Gweru.
“NOW, THEREFORE, under and by virtue of the powers vested in the President as aforesaid, I do, by this proclamation— (a) order new elections for the afore-mentioned Constituencies; and (b) fix Friday, 28th of January, 2022, as the date on which the nomination courts shall sit, commencing at 10 o’clock in the morning… (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 [Chapter 2:13],” reads the proclamation.