|By-election ruling hailed|
|Monday, 16 July 2012 17:50|
Political and legal experts say the Supreme Court’s decision on the holding of three by-elections is final and there is no need for any debate by political parties to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) as doing so will be tantamount to undermining and interfering with the country’s constitution.
Analysts say the ruling by the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe that by-elections dates for the three constituencies left vacant after the dismissal of three former MDC legislators should be gazetted, has set a precedent which entails the holding of general elections.
Political scientist, Professor Jonathan Moyo however said it will be illogical to hold elections in the three constituencies alone, ignoring the remaining 26 constituencies, hinting that it will be wiser for the GPA parties to hold general elections once and for all.
Legal expert, Mr Jonathan Samukange said the Supreme Court ruling on the holding of elections in the three constituencies, is testimony that the prevailing environment is safe and conducive for the holding of general elections this year.
The Supreme Court last week made a landmark ruling instructing the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe to proclaim by-election dates for three constituencies after an appeal by three former legislators who were dismissed from the MDC.