HARARE – Parliament will on Monday open public interviews of candidates nominated for appointment to the country’s controversial electoral body, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec).
There are six vacancies to be filled.
Six commissioners, Joyce Kazembe, the vice-chairperson, Daniel Chigaru, Theophilus Gambe, Petty Makoni, Sibongile Ndhlovu and Bessie Nhandara’s terms expired on March 31.
Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau, appointed in 2013, and commissioners Qhubani Moyo and Emmanuel Magade both appointed in June 2015, who are serving six-year terms, will remain commissioners.
Parliament’s Committee on Standing Rules and Orders will, in terms of section 237 of the Constitution, conduct public interviews of the candidates next Monday.
The committee will then prepare a list of at least nine nominees for appointment by President Robert Mugabe.
The new electoral commissioners are expected to steer reforms toward free and fair elections.
Parliament earlier called on members of the public to submit nominations to fill the vacancies in February.
The closing date for submission of nominations was February 27. Zec had said members of the commission must be Zimbabwean citizens and chosen for their integrity and experience; and for their competence in the conduct of affairs in the public or private sector.
Nomination material was supposed to consist of a typewritten submission of not more than two A4 pages long stating why the person nominated is a suitable candidate together with a completed nomination.
The nominations were then sent to the Clerk of Parliament.
The new appointments have been put on the front burner because Zec is unable to discharge its mandate properly with only three commissioners.
Zec needs a quorum of at least five commissioners to function.