President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) have reportedly stalled the holding of by-elections a year after being notified by Parliament of vacant seats.
Zec has not held by-elections since the inclusive government was formed in February 2009, despite vacancies from death of legislators and/or suspensions.
Parliament Speaker Lovemore Moyo told NewsDay yesterday that all the necessary requirements in terms of the law have been fulfilled and it is now up to the President to proclaim the holding of elections.
“We are very efficient in notifying the president and Zec whenever a seat falls vacant. In most instances, it takes less than a week from the time the seat falls vacant to send the correspondence through,” Moyo said.
“It is now left to the president to announce the dates and for Zec to organise by-elections,”he said.
Under Section 39 of the Electoral Act, a by-election proclamation must be gazetted within 14 days of the President receiving notification of a vacancy.
Eighteen seats have fallen vacant since the inclusive government came into existence almost two years ago.