President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a proclamation to announce the dates for By Elections to replace the 15 Members of Parliament from the Citizens Coalition for Change who were recalled by the party’s self proclaimed Interim Secretary General Sengezo Tshabangu.
According to the proclamation, the By Elections will be held on 9 December, while the date for the nomination court has been set on 7 November this year.
In a statement, President Mnangagwa said he has been notified of the vacancies of Members of Parliament from 15 constituencies, a development which requires him to issue a proclamation to fill the vacancies as required by the law.
“Now therefore, by virtue of powers vested in the President as aforementioned, I do by this proclamation, order new Elections for the constituencies of Beitbridge West, Binga North, Bulawayo South, Cowdry Park, Lobengula – Magwegwe, Lupane East, Mabvuku – Tafara, Mpopoma – Mzilikhazi and Nketa, and fix Tuesday the 7th day of November, 2023 as the date on which the nomination court shall sit, commencing at 10 o’clock in the morning,
“And Fix Saturday the 9th of December 2023 as the day on which a poll be taken if a poll becomes necessary in terms of section 46(17)c of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13). Given under my hand and the Public Seal of Zimbabwe at Harare, this seventeenth day of October, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Twenty Three,” reads the proclamation.
The development comes after the CCC Deputy Spokesperson Gift Ostallos Siziba said they had taken the matter of the expulsion of their Members of Parliament to court. In his address to the media, Siziba said their party is waiting for the courts to reinstate the MPs as they were expelled in an unprecedented manner, by Tshabangu who he accused of being an imposter.