HIS EXCELLENCY THE HONOURABLE ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE, G .C.Z.M.,
President of Zimbabwe and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of Zimbabwe.
WHEREAS it is provided by section 39(2) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], that after the President has been notified in terms of the said section of a vacancy among the constituency members of the National Assembly, he shall issue a Proclamation ordering a new election to fill the vacancy in the same manner, mutatis mutandis, as is provided in section 38 of the Act in regard to a general election;
AND WHEREAS it is provided by section 129(1)(c) of the Constitution that the seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant upon the Member becoming President or a Vice-President;
AND WHEREAS, the Speaker of the National Assembly has notified me in writing of vacancies in the National Assembly due to the successive appointments to the office of Vice-President of Joice Mujuru, who was the elected Member of the National Assembly for the Mount Darwin West constituency, and Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, who was the elected Member of the National Assembly for the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency:
NOW, THEREFORE, under and by virtue of the powers vested in the President as afore said, I do, by this my Proclamation-
(a) order new elections for the constituencies of Mount Darwin West and Chirumanzu-Zibagwe;
(b) fix Thursday the 29th January, 2015, and the Magistrates Court, Main Street, Bindura, and the Magistrates Court, Main Street, Gweru,as the date on which and the places at which the nomination courts shall sit in terms of section 46 of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] to receive nominations of candidates for election for the constituencies of Mount Darwin West and Chirumanzu-Zibagwe;
(c) fix Friday the 27th March, 2015, as the day on which a poll shall be taken if a poll becomes necessary in terms of section 46(17)(c) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] for the election of Members of the National Assembly for the constituencies of Mount Darwin West and Chirumanzu-Zibagwe.
Given under my hand and the Public Seal of Zimbabwe at Harare this 1Oth day of January, in the year of Our Lord two thousand and fifteen.
By Command of the President.
R. G. MUGABE,