Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa says the troubled Southern African nation will go to polls by end of June.
Mnangagwa is quoted in government-owned daily The Herald saying the country will hold elections in four to five months.
This will be the first election that is held minus Robert Mugabe, who was ousted by the military on November 15 of 2017. Mugabe’s demise befell him within a fortnight of axing his then deputy president Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa replaced Mugabe early December to lead Zimbabwe.
“Zimbabwe is going for elections in four to five months’ time and we have to preach peace, peace and peace because we know it is good for us and we have no doubt that we will have peaceful elections,” Mnangagwa was quoted as saying.
“We will ensure that Zimbabwe delivers free, credible, fair and indisputable elections to ensure Zimbabwe engages the world as a qualified democratic state.”
Under the constitution, Zimbabwe should hold elections between 22 July and 22 August but parliament can elect to dissolve itself, triggering an early vote. The ruling ZANU-PF holds a two-thirds majority in parliament.
Mnangagwa is set to contest the election against ailing Morgan Tsvangirai, who is likely to maintain his position with the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance.