Cowdray Park Ward 28 Local Authority By-Elections Update

Introduction

Luveve Ward 28 commonly known as Cowdray Park is a relatively fast-growing high-density suburb that borders Nyamandlovu in the west, Norwood suburb in the north, Richmond to the east and Luveve-Emakhandeni to the south.

The ward has two secondary schools (Luveve Secondary and Tategulu Secondary), and four primary schools (Tategulu, Mkhithika Thebe, Mahlathini and Cowdray park). It has two major business centres (TM supermarket area and Terminus area).

Background to the By-election

On 30 March 2019, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will conduct a local authority by-election for Cowdray Park (ward 28). Cowdray Park is in Bulawayo Municipality and is one of the three wards that make up Luveve Constituency, the other 2 wards being Gwabalanda (Ward 16) and Luveve (Ward 15). The ward has one of the largest voting populations of 23,3041. Accordingly, ZEC established 36 polling stations for the purposes of the by election to be held on 30 March 2019.

The Government Gazette of 8 February 2019 gave the dates for this by-election which will be conducted following the death of the incumbent Councillor; Hapson Ncube, who died in December last year.

Cowdray Park has historically generated significant interest from electoral contestants standing on either party tickets or as independent candidates. During the 2018 Elections 17 candidates contested the local authority elections for this ward. For this by-election the number of candidates has increased to 18 participants.

Source: Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN)

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