ZWE | May 31, 2023

Zimbabwe to hold general election on August 23

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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa gives a media conference at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 3, 2018 [Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters]

Zimbabwe is set hold its presidential and parliamentary elections on August 23, President Emmerson Mnangagwa made the announcement earlier today (May 31), as the southern African country continues to battle a raging economic crisis.

Mnangagwa, elected president in 2018 after a military coup deposed President Robert Mugabe the previous year, is seeking a second term in office.

The 80-year-old’s main rival is lawyer and pastor Nelson Chamisa, 45, who leads the newly formed Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).

The announcement which was made through a government gazette also set October 2,2023 for a presidential run-off vote if required.

(Photo: Africa Portal)

Apart from the presidency, the election will also decide the composition of the 300-seat parliament and close to 2,000 local council positions.

The election proclamation comes amid parliamentary debates over electoral reforms.

Chamisa’s party is demanding access to and an audit of the voters’ roll, as well as public media access that it says will help level the playing field before the polls.

Political commentators say failure to implement electoral reforms may set Zimbabwe up for another disputed election.

Its economy is yet to recover from decades of decline and bouts of financial chaos under the leadership of Mugabe, with the opposition blaming the government for growing corruption and economic mismanagement.

Mnangagwa has said his ZANU-PF government has done well to re-engage with Western countries, but blames them for Zimbabwe’s economic woes and failure to service a burgeoning debt

Meanwhile, the opposition CCC has said it will restore the rule of law and unlock foreign funding if voted into power.


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