Zimbabwe’s By-elections slated for 2022 first quarter

President Mnangagwa urges Zimbabweans to remain peaceful ahead of by-elections slated for 2022 first quarter [Image: courtesy]
Zimbabwe—Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters at Kopa Grounds in Chimanimani yesterday, president Mnangagwa rallied the legion of his party to ensure a sweeping victory in the by-elections slated for the first quarter of next year.

The president affirmed that the polls will serve as a litmus test for the revolutionary party’s preparedness for the 2023 harmonized elections.

According to Mnangagwa, a resounding victory for Zanu PF for inevitable as the party through the government has rolled out a lot of projects that positively impacted people’s lives.

As of October 22, Zimbabwe had a total of 133 elective by-elections at National Assembly and local authority levels.

The by-elections were necessitated by recalls of MDC-T members from two bodies (National Assembly or local authorities), deaths, and dismissals.

“We will be holding by-elections during the first quarter of 2022. As Zanu PF, we want a clean sweep of all the vacant seats.

“This will serve as a litmus test of our preparedness for the 2023 harmonized elections. We should register and vote in our numbers to ensure that the country remains in safe hands.

“Mobile registration exercise will be rolled out in all deserving areas and those without ident5iofication particulars should take advantage of this exercise to acquire the documents and register as voters.

“The mobile registration exercise should ensure that all people have the necessary identification details without any hassles. We want to ensure that as many people as possible are registered as voters,” said President Mnangagwa.

He reiterated calls for peace to ensure that the development trajectory the country has taken is not derailed.

“We should continue developing our economy. This can only be achieved if there is peace in eth country, we should all be peaceful.” He added.