The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has announced the cancellation of by-elections in some parts of the country citing pending court proceedings.
ZEC cited the pending case of Kucacai Ivumile Phulu and 6 others vs Benjamin Rukanda in which Rukanda instructed Parliament Speaker Advocate Jacob Mudenda to recall five (5) MDC Alliance MPs including Tendai Biti.
Rukanda argued that he was the secretary-general of the PDP formed by Tendai Biti, therefore, had the authority to recall the five legislators whom he accused of ceasing to be party members. Pindula News previously reported that the recalled legislators had challenged the recall at the courts. We present ZEC’s announcement:
NOTICE OF COURT ORDER ON CANCELLATION OF BY-ELECTIONS IN RESPECT OF NKULUMANE, MBIZO, KAMBUZUMA, MUTASA SOUTH, PUMULA AND HARARE EAST CONSTITUENCIES
IT is hereby notified that, following a court order issued in the case of Kucacai Ivumile Phulu and 6 others vs Benjamin Rukanda and 7 others, Case No HCH 106/22, there exists no vacancies in Nkulumane, Mbizo, Kambuzuma, Mutasa South, Pumula and Harare East National Assembly Constituencies. The Proclamation calling for by-elections issued by His Excellency the President in terms of Statutory Instrument 1 of 2022 on 6 January 2022 is accordingly amended.
Nomination Courts for the purposes of receiving nominations of candidates for election as members of the National Assembly for the said constituencies shall therefore not sit and there shall be no by-elections in the said constituencies.
Chief Elections Officer
ZIMBABWE ELECTORAL COMMISSION
By-elections are scheduled to be held on the 26th of March 2022.