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November 29, 2005
Results of the 2005 Senate Elections and Gutu North Parliamentary
won 43 Senate seats against the MDC's seven and has selected current
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Cde Edna Madzongwe as a candidate for
President of the Senate in polls to be held tomorrow when the new
Senators will be sworn in.
is set to become the first President of the reintroduced Upper House
after the Zanu-PF Politburo endorsed her candidature at its meeting
in Harare yesterday.
agreed the party would sponsor Cde Madzongwe - a former Deputy Minister
of Education and Culture and Deputy Speaker of Parliament for three
terms - for the Senate Presidency.
It also approved
Cde Naison Ndlovu - a former MP for Insiza and Deputy Speaker of
Parliament - as the party's choice to stand for the post of Deputy
President of the Upper House.
He was elected
Senator for Insiza at the weekend.
highly placed sources, the Politburo has selected former Cabinet
minister and Buhera South MP Cde Kumbirai Kangai to run in the election
to replace Cde Madzongwe as Deputy Speaker in the Lower House.
selection is in line with Zanu-PF and Government policies to elevate
women into decision-making positions.
said the Presidium was expected to meet either yesterday or today
to select the six non-constituency Senators to be appointed by the
The final results
released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission yesterday show that
the ruling party won in three of the four constituencies whose results
had not been announced at the weekend, with the MDC taking one seat.
In Gokwe, Zanu-PF
candidate Cde Shaddy Sai polled 26 495 votes beating Mr Lameck Muyambi
of the MDC who had 6 661 votes.
seat also went to Zanu-PF after Cde Josephine Moyo garnered 7 747
votes against the MDC's Mr Samuel Sipepa Nkomo's 5 301 votes.
In Hwange East,
Cde Grace Dube of Zanu-PF polled 4 343 votes, beating Mr Jabulani
Ndlovu of the MDC and independent candidate Mr Allen Mpofu, who
had 3 260 and 303 votes respectively.
Mr Herbert Sinampande
of the MDC garnered 7 225 votes to win in Binga, beating Cde James
Siamenda of Zanu-PF who polled 4 183 votes.
The ruling party
won 19 of the 43 seats unopposed at the close of the nomination
courts last month.
have also been elected by the provincial electoral colleges of chiefs
to sit in the Senate.
These are Chief
Chiduku of Manicaland, Chief Negomo (Mashonaland Central), Chief
Musarurwa (Mashonaland East), Chief Nemakonde (Mashonaland West),
Chief Sengwe (Masvingo), Chief Mtshane (Matabeleland North), Chief
Maduna (Matabeleland South) and Chief Gambiza (Midlands).
Sengwe and Maduna were all nominated unopposed.
The eight chiefs
will be joined by the President of the Council of Chiefs and his
Deputy in the Upper House. The two will be replaced by the Resident
Ministers of Harare and Bulawayo Metropolitan provinces in the Lower
Clerk of Parliament
Mr Austin Zvoma said yesterday the newly elected Senators, together
with the President and Deputy President of the Council of Chiefs,
the eight chiefs and six non-constituency Senators, would be sworn
ceremony will be followed by the election of the President and Deputy
President of the Senate," he said.
are requested to be at Parliament at 8.30am tomorrow in order to
obtain parliamentary identity cards, information files and complete
Matabeleland provinces should fly to Harare today. They should collect
their air tickets from Air Zimbabwe offices in Bulawayo or Victoria
Sadc Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) and Common Market for Eastern
and Southern Africa (Comesa) observers have hailed the free and
transparent manner in which the Senate polls were held.
In a statement,
SEOM expressed satisfaction with the organisation and management
of the electoral process.
the mission noticed an overall low turnout, the general conduct
of the electorate and electoral officials was commendable.
Electoral Observer Mission expresses its satisfaction and congratulates
the people of Zimbabwe for having expressed their will in a peaceful
and transparent manner," it said.
Team leader Ambassador Siteke Mwale said in a statement they were
satisfied with the adequate preparations for the elections.
of translucent ballot boxes, he said, was a commendable improvement
in the electoral process.
final analysis, the Comesa Observer Team holds the view that the
Zimbabwe 2005 Senate elections and Gutu North (parliamentary) by-election
were conducted credibly, freely, and fairly.
process was peaceful and those who wished to vote had an opportunity
to do so without hindrance.
report to Comesa secretary-general Mr Erastus Mwecha will, therefore,
confirm this conclusion," Ambassador Siteke said.
Members of the
Comesa observer team were drawn from Kenya, Egypt, Malawi, the Democratic
Republic of Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia and Zambia.
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