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repealed by Electoral Act [Chapter
2:13] (Act 25/2004)
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ACT [Chapter 2:01]
7/1990, 7/1992, 22/1992;12/1997 (s. 3); 21/1997, 22/2001 (s. 4).
as amended as at the 1st September, 2003, i.e., as amended by s. 3 of
the General Laws Amendment Act, 1997 (No. 12 of 1997) and by the Local
Authorities Election Laws Amendment Act, 1997 (No 12 of 1997), both of
which came into operation on the 7th November, 1997, and by s. 4 as read
with Part I of the Schedule to the Criminal Penalties Amendment Act, 2001
(No. 22 of 2001), which came into operation on the 20th May, 2002.
The amendments made by the General Laws Amendment Act, 2002 (No. 2 of
2002) have not been incorporated, because that Act was declared
null and void by the Supreme Court.]
by the President and the Parliament of Zimbabwe.
1. Short title.
and functions of Election Directorate.
5. Allowances payable
to members of Election Directorate.
Supervisory Commission: Procedure
and Conditions of Service of Members
in Part III.
7. Conditions of
office of members.
for appointment as member.
9. Vacation of office
10. Removal of members
11. Staff of Commission.
12. Meetings and
procedure of Commission.
and expenses of members.
14. Duties of Registrar-General
14A. Functions of
Commission regarding local authority elections.
of Elections and Constituency Registrars
registrars and other officers.
17. Votersí rolls
to be kept by constituency registrars.
18. Votersí rolls
open to inspection and printing of rolls.
19. Powers to demand
Qualifications of Voters
22. Claims for transfer
23. Votersí registration
24. New registration
Objections to Registration
by constituency registrar.
26. Objections by
27. Hearing and
determination of objections by designated magistrate and procedure thereon.
28. Statement of
case for opinion of judge in chambers.
29. Posting of names
of persons objected to.
Relating to Registration of Voters
31. Removal from
votersí roll on disqualification or death.
32. Removal from
votersí roll owing to absence.
of voter no longer disqualified.
34. Additional powers
to alter votersí rolls.
35. How alterations
to be made.
36. Documents required
in connection with registration exempt from stamp duty.
Offences in Relation
to Registration of Voters
in relation to registration of voters.
Proclamation of General
Elections or By-Elections
39. Vacancies and
Election of Chiefs
41. Presiding officers.
42. Quorum of electoral
43. Nomination of
chiefs as candidates.
44. Conduct of poll
for election of chief.
Appointed Members of
of appointment of members of Parliament.
Nomination of Candidates
for Election as Members of Parliament
47. Deposit on nomination.
48. Procedure when
poll to be held.
49. Withdrawal of
50. Death of candidate.
Preparation for and
Voting at Poll
51. Polling stations.
52. Provision of
requisites and officers for purpose of poll.
53. Hours polling
stations to be open.
54. The ballot box.
55. Conduct of poll.
56. Number of votes
and identification of voters.
57. Manner of voting.
58. Spoilt ballot
59. Voting by physically
incapacitated or illiterate voters.
60. Procedure at
close of poll.
Voting by Post
61. Applications for postal ballot papers.
62. Issue of postal
63. Refusal of application
for postal ballot paper.
64. Recipients of
postal ballot papers not entitled to vote at polling stations.
65. Voting by post.
66. Postal ballot
67. Opening of postal
68. Rejected declarations
69. Postal ballot
papers to be placed in ballot box.
71. Offences in
relation to postal votes.
Procedure After Close
72. Procedure on receipt of ballot boxes after poll.
73. Counting and
rejection of votes.
and declaration of result of poll.
75. Secrecy of voting
to be maintained.
of result of election.
77. Minister to
cause names of candidates elected to be published in Gazette.
78. Custody and
disposal of ballot and other papers.
Relating to Polls
79. Constituency registrars and other persons to make declaration of
80. Offences in
relation to ballot papers and ballot boxes.
of secrecy and non-interference with voters and ballot papers.
82. Persons wilfully
failing in their duties guilty of offence.
83. Abrogation of
Election Expenses and
84. What expenses permissible.
85. Election agents.
86. Polling agents.
made and expenses incurred by candidates or agents.
88. All payments
in respect of expenses to be made through agent and all expenditure to
89. Receipts for
90. Claims for election
91. Limit of personal
expenses that candidates may incur.
92. Claims by election
to Elections to Office of President
93. When election
to office of President to be held.
94. Notice of election
to office of President.
95. Nomination of
candidates for election to office of President.
96. Deposit on nomination.
of names of Presidential candidates.
98. Withdrawal of
99. When fresh nominations
to be held.
100. Procedure when
poll to be taken.
and declaration of result of election to office of President.
102. Election petitions
in respect of election to office of President.
of Parts XIV, XV, XVI and XVII.
to Local Authority Elections
of Part XIXA.
in Part XIXA.
Qualifications of voters and preparation of votersí rolls
of voters in local authority elections.
103D. First votersí
of subsequent votersí rolls.
of votersí rolls.
Qualifications for election
and disqualifications for election as councillor.
and disqualifications for election as mayor.
When elections to be held
election of councillors to be held.
103J. When election
to office of mayor to be held.
Conduct of elections
of election and nomination day.
103O. Death of candidate.
to vote and number of votes a voter may cast.
103Q. Drawing of
lots to determine result of election
and publication of result of election.
103S. Expenses of
of dates and qualifying periods.
of provisions of this Act to local authority elections.
105. Undue influence.
108. Illegal transportation
109. Penalties for
110. Certain expenditure an illegal practice.
112. Penalty for
providing money for payments contrary to this Act.
113. Certain employment
114. Corrupt procurement
115. Betting prohibited.
116. Bills and placards
to have names of printer and publisher.
of certain activities in vicinity of polling stations.
119. Premises licensed
for sale of liquor not to be used for certain purposes.
120. Procuring prohibited
persons to vote and false statements regarding withdrawal of candidates.
societies not to devote funds for political purposes.
123. General penalties
for illegal practices.
Relating to Corrupt Practices, Illegal Practices and Other Offences
124. When election void owing to corrupt or illegal practices.
125. When election
126. When High Court
may hold certain acts or omissions to be exempt from provisions of this
127. Hearing of
person before he is found guilty of corrupt practice or illegal practice.
128. Finding on
charge of corrupt practice or illegal practice.
129. Time within
which proceedings must be commenced.
130. When creditors
not prejudiced in respect of prohibited payment.
131. Interpretation in Part XXIII.
132. Who may present
governing election petitions.
134. Notice of election
petition to be served on respondent.
may object to security provided.
as to trial of election petition.
137. Procedure where
High Court reports cases of corrupt practices or illegal practices.
139. Witnesses not
excused from answering incriminating questions.
may testify that election of petitioner undue.
of election petition.
142. Election petition
abated on death of petitioner.
143. Position when
respondent does not oppose election petition.
144. Costs of election
145. When incapacity may be removed.
146. No person required
to divulge how he voted.
147. Evidence as
to holding of election.
of memberís death.
149. When non-compliance
with this Act invalidates election.
150. Penalty for
interruptions in connection with elections.
152. How public
notice may be given and documents served.
153. When appointed
date falls on Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.
of certain documents despite misnomer or inaccurate description.
155. General penalty.
156. Rules of court.
powers of President.
AN ACT to provide
for the appointment and functions of an Election Directorate; to provide
for the procedure and conditions of service of members of the Electoral
Supervisory Commission; to provide for a Registrar-General of Elections
and constituency registrars; to make provision for the registration of
voters and for the lodging of objections thereto; to provide for the preparation
and maintenance of voters rolls; to prescribe the residence qualifications
of voters and the procedure for the nomination and election of candidates
to and the filling of vacancies in Parliament; to provide for the conduct
of elections and the proceedings which may be taken against undue elections;
to make provision for elections to the office of President; to provide
for offences and penalties, and for the prevention of corrupt or illegal
practices in connection with elections; to make provision for the hearing
and determination of election petitions; and to provide for matters connected
with or incidental to the foregoing.
[Date of commencement:
28th March, 1990.]
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