By Fungai Jachi
The Parliament of Zimbabwe has conducted public interviews for Commissioners of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) after vacancies arose following the expiry of terms of six Commissioners.
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi says the electoral body is a critical entity, hence the need to ensure transparency in search for Commissioners who will serve the country.
“This is a very important process in coming up with commissioners who will serve the country. We are expecting to furnish the interviews today and then wait for the president to appoint six of the shortlisted into the commission,” he said.
The vacancies arose after the expiry of the terms of office of the current Commissioners Ngoni Kundidzora, Joyce Kazembe, Netsai Mushonga, Faith Sebata, Sibongile Ndlovu and Daniel Chigaru.
The vacancies were advertised in the media by Parliament earlier this year.
In terms of Section 238 of the Constitution, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is supposed to have a Chairperson, who is appointed by the President after consultations with the Judiciary Service Commission and the Parliamentary Committee on Standing Rules and Orders.
It is also supposed to have eight Commissioners who are also appointed by the President from a list of at least 12 nominees submitted by the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders.
Last year, the President appointed Commissioners Rodney Simukai Kiwa and Jasper Mangwana to replace Commissioners Qhubani Moyo and Emmanuel Magade.
Members of ZEC are appointed for a 6-year term after which they may be reappointed.
However, they cannot serve for a period exceeding 12 years whether continuous or not.