Elections going ahead

Justice Minister Says Elections Will Be Held Between July 23 and August 22

Sunday Mail

21 January 2018


Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi has said that 2018 harmonised elections will be held between July 23 and August 22 this year.

The minister said that the government will follow the Constitution and dismissed allegations that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration wanted to postpone allegations by 3 years.

The allegations were made by Jonathan Moyo and later on, Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba said that the matter had been discussed although he said that Morgan Tsvangirai was behind it.   Said Ziyambi:

The Constitution says elections should be held 30 days before the expiration of Parliament which runs from the day the President was sworn into office, that is, 22 August 2013.

This means elections will not be held later than 22 August 2018; so the issue of postponing polls by three years is out of the question.

The five-month period mentioned by the President shows that Government is simply complying with provisions of the Constitution. Elections are due, Constitutionally, between July and August 2018.