Zimbabwe fixes general elections for July 30

Zimbabwe will hold general elections on July 30, 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced Wednesday.

Making the announcement in a government gazette, President Mnangagwa stated that sitting of the nomination court for aspirants to register will hold on June 14.

He set September 8, 2018 as the date for the election runoff in the event that no presidential candidate gets an outright win of 50 percent plus one vote.

According to the notice, “election to the office of President, the election of members of the National Assembly and election of councilors” will hold on Monday July 30, 2018.

The announcement comes a day after Mnangagwa signed the Electoral Amendment Bill into law.

The elections will be the first without former President Robert Mugabe and his fierce opponent for 20 years, Morgan Tsvangirai who died in February this year from cancer.

Mugabe resigned in November last year after a military intervention, ending his 37-year stay in power.

Mnangagwa has promised to deliver free, fair and credible elections and his government has since invited 46 countries from across the world to observe the general elections.

Mnangagwa, 75, will face the 40-year-old leader of the opposition MDC-Alliance Nelson Chamisa in the presidential poll.

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