In a notice published in the government gazette on Wednesday, President Mnangagwa also declared that nomination courts will convene nationwide on June 21, 2023, to accept applications from political parties and candidates vying for positions in the upcoming polls.
The much-anticipated proclamation of the election and nomination dates had been postponed from Monday, creating a sense of anticipation and speculation among the public.
However, President Mnangagwa has now set the stage for an active campaign season, which had been relatively low-key for all participating parties thus far.
The ruling Zanu-PF party, led by President Mnangagwa, and the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party are expected to be the main contenders in the upcoming elections.
Several smaller political parties are also preparing to participate, adding diversity to the electoral landscape.
The general elections will be held simultaneously to elect the national president, as well as parliamentary and local government representatives.
This comprehensive election process aims to ensure that citizens have the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidates at all levels of governance.
Mnangagwa faces big poll test
Political analysts believe that these elections will be crucial for Zimbabwe’s future, as the country continues its efforts to strengthen democracy and restore stability.
The results of the upcoming polls will shape the direction of the nation, determining the leadership and policies that will guide Zimbabwe in the years to come.
The opposition CCC party has expressed its commitment to a peaceful electoral process and the democratic principles it upholds.
Reacting to the proclamation of the election date, CCC leader Nelson Chamisa expressed confidence of defeating the incumbent this time around after narrowly losing in 2018 elections.
As Zimbabwe gears up for the election season, the focus will now shift to campaign strategies, policy debates, and public engagements.
Citizens eagerly await the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote and actively participate in shaping the future of their nation.