Ncube speaks out on poll dates

MDC leader Welshman Ncube has described as “nonsensical” claims that President Robert Mugabe is bound by law to call for elections by June 29.

Staff Reporter

Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba at the weekend claimed delaying the polls beyond the end of June would be an act of “constitutional indiscipline”.

Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa had also claimed that harmonised elections were due by June 29 since the life of the current Parliament could not be extended.

But Ncube, a constitutional expert, told SW Radio that the statements were part of Zanu PF propaganda meant to confuse people.

“You know the tragedy of this country is that even now we can be arguing nonsensical positions about something which is in black and white in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, because Zanu PF has mastered the art of deceiving people in the media,” he said.

“Robert Mugabe was sworn in as President on the 29th of June in 2008. The Constitution says that the life of Parliament starts to run from that date when the President was sworn in. Therefore, this Parliament is for five years which starts from June 29, 2008 to June 29, 2013.

“The Constitution goes further to say if Parliament is not dissolved sooner than 29 June, it shall automatically stand dissolved on 29 June 2013.

“It goes further in black and white to say an election must then be held no later than 90 days from the date of dissolution of Parliament.”

Ncube said an election must then be held no later than 90 days from June 29.

“If you calculate the 90 days from June 29, it takes you up to September 27. It is, therefore, clear that an election must be held no later than 27 September.”

He said the Constitution allowed for the President and MPs to remain in office until a new President was sworn in.

“In other words, the Cabinet will remain as is until that date,” Ncube said.

The MDC formations in the inclusive government accuse Zanu PF of trying to avoid media and security reforms by rushing into an election.

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14 Responses to Ncube speaks out on poll dates

  1. Mart March 26, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    Mugabe hezvo. Pindura.

  2. PhilaniNcube March 26, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    We are looking forward to see media reforms in the country first,before elections

  3. lizzy March 26, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    well said prof!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. TICHARWA March 26, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    MDC-T,MDC,MKD,Please do not accept or participate in any election before security sector and media reforms as stated in some clauses in the draft constitution if you accept that is betrayal of your valuable supporters,let Mugabe run another one man election if there are no reforms of these two crucial sectors to a free and fair vote.

  5. Caiphas shamme March 26, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Zanu pf must not be afraid of reforms. The political field must be levelled enough so as to have undoubted results. If parties are not yet organised we have to respect their reasons. Mujuru & Munangagwa must stand united for the advantage of zanu pf.

  6. Chitomborwizi March 26, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Sando dzenyu prof…

  7. Kufakwejeyi March 26, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Thank you vaNcube but then its not as if the ZPF side of the equation wasnt aware of this, they know but are determined to short change the nation. Lets hold firm and insist on the necessary reforms particularly media and security sector as well as a new voters roll otherwise we continue to move one step forward then ten steps backwards.

  8. Assylum March 26, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Well said Prof. Bt as a progressive force yu mst unite wt Mdc T 2 fight our common enemy &get rid of every corner wc may b used 2 rig elections.

  9. Phunyukabemphethe March 26, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    !!The power of education – thats Welshman Ncube for you. Precise, concise, educated and well reasoned arguments. No Gukurahundi nonsense!!

  10. Tzakutsaku March 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Rubbish!!! Even a kindergarten scholar can translate this. Gukurahundi will rule till amen years. Muchamama chete.

    • papaya March 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      sorry my brother, you seem unwell.

  11. wASU March 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Everytime I comment for the second time using a name you call me a spammer but that Gukurahundi schizoman Phunyuka has been using his name since time inmemorial, wezenjani madhodha??????????????????

    • Phunyukabemphethe March 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      !!!!!!!@wASU

      Its MADODA, not MADHODHA – whats up with you people with this “H”??

      Nguni languages are not heavy accented – they are soft, get rid of this “H” of yours!!

  12. papaya March 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Hey man let MDC and MDC – T run in the next election as they are. These guys have failed to agree on anything, then lets not force them.

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