As part of its oversight mandate of promoting democratic electoral processes in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) will be observing the Chitungwiza South Ward 24 Local Authority by-elections penciled for the 26th of January 2019. The Chitungwiza South Local Authority Ward 24 seat fell vacant following the death of Alice Chihambakwe of the MDC Alliance who had won the seat in the July 30, 2018 Harmonized polls. Following the successful filing of nomination papers on the 7th of December 2018 to the Nomination Court by four political parties, the by-election shall take place in accordance with section 125 subsection 4 (b) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13]. The contestants of the local authority seat are; Guvamombe Mercy of ZANU PF, Chagwada Yotam of MDC Alliance, Makovere Jane of MDC-T and Tsakeni Anderson of NCA.
ZESN has since trained and deployed a long term observer in the ward to monitor the pre and post-election environment and will also deploy short term observers on the polling day. ZESN will therefore be releasing regular information updates throughout the entire polling process.
Source: Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN)