The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a proclamation that the presidential election will be held on the 30th of July 2018.
In a proclamation, contained in an extraordinary Government Gazette statutory instrument 83 of 2018 which is proclamation number 2 of 2018 today, President Mnangagwa said the day will also be used for the election of members of the National Assembly and councillors under section 46 (17)(c) of the Electoral Act Chapter 2 of 2013.
An excerpt from the gazette reads “fix Monday, the 30th day of July, 2018, as the day of the election to the office of the President, the election of members of the National Assembly and election of councillors, that is to say, as the day which a poll shall be taken if a poll becomes necessary in terms of section 46(17)(c) or 125(4)(b) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] for the election to the office of the President or any such members of the National Assembly or councillors; and fix Saturday the 8th day of September, 2018, as the day of the runoff election to the office of the President, that is to say as the day on which a poll shall be taken if such a poll becomes necessary in terms of section 110(3)(f)(iii) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13]; and for the purpose of section 120(1)(b) of the Constitution, as read with section 38(3) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] and section 35 of the Traditional Leaders Act [Chapter 29:17]”.
The announcement for the country’s elections date has generated interest within and outside the country’s borders, as the elections take place under a dispensation that has a new presidential candidate for the ruling party since 1980.
Importantly, this year’s elections are more open to foreign observer missions including the European Union who already have confirmed that they will deploy an observer mission for the country’s elections for the first time in 16 years.
Holding free, fair and credible elections has been at the forefront of President Mnangagwa’s agenda since he assumed the highest office in the land on the 24th of November last year.