Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson George Chiweshe told the official Herald newspaper that the body was proceeding with preparations for by-elections in the eight constituencies left vacant when the incumbents died or were elected ex-officio members of parliament or were convicted of criminal charges.
Chiweshe said ZEC would next week shed more light on dates for the proposed by-elections and other logistics.
Six of the constituencies where fresh elections have been ordered were held by ruling ZANU PF candidates, three of whom died after their election last March, while the other three were elected to higher offices.
One of the vacant ZANU PF seats was that of Edna Madzongwe, who is now speaker of the senate, while two other ruling party MP’s have been appointed as provincial governors.
The call for fresh elections also sets the stage for a hostile contest for the vacant seats left by parliamentary speaker Lovemore Moyo and disqualified lawmaker Lynette Karenyi, both from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).