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By Nompumelelo Sibanda
ZIMBABWE Electoral Commission (ZEC) top official Dr Qhubani Moyo says he is satisfied with the role he played at the elections management body over the last three years and will not seek a renewal of his term which ends on 2 September 2021.
Parliament has already invited members of the public to nominate knowledgeable people of integrity to serve in the ZEC and Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) as three commissioners are expected to retire from the two institutions in the next three months.
Dr Moyo, who handles the Media and Communications portfolio at ZEC, is among the two commissioners whose terms are coming to an end this year and will have to be replaced. The others is deputy chairperson Emmanuel Magade. Commissioner Sheila Hilary Matindike is retiring from the ZHRC.
“It is with an extreme deep sense of satisfaction that i share with you that my term as ZEC Commissioner ends on the midnight of the 2nd of September 2021 and am proud of my record of service to the nation,” Dr Moyo said on Wednesday morning.
“Many colleagues have asked me if I am seeking a renewal of the term as per the Constitutional provisions and I have told them I will not be seeking a renewal. It’s been an honour serving at the highest level of election management in our country and am very grateful for the opportunity.”
Prior to joining the ZEC, Dr Moyo once worked with the MDC-N then led by Professor Welshman Ncube, David Coltart and others.
Commenting on Dr. Moyo’s term in office, former Harare Mayor Benard Manyenyeni said: “There was a lot of disquiet over your appointment, I have not been able to personally judge your individual performance to formulate a competent opinion.
“But even with that disclaimer it does seem like you did not live up to the initial fears and concerns.
“Thank you for serving in one of the trickiest bodies in the land. Wishing you well in your next stations of service.”
In a statement on yesterday, the Parliament’s Committee on Standing Rules and Orders (CSRO) said the public should have nominated individuals to replace the three commissioners by July 16.
The term of office is set to expire for two Zec commissioners by the end of August while ZHRC commissioner’s term is expiring on September 21.
“The Committee on Standing Rules of Parliament of Zimbabwe is mandated in terms of Section 237 and 238 of the Constitution to nominate candidates for appointment by His Excellency, the President, to serve as Commissioners of the Zec as provided for in Chapter 12 of the Constitution. The CSRO is hereby calling on the public to nominate persons to be considered for appointment to the Zec. Two current commissioners’ term will be expiring on 31st August 2021,” read the statement.
The committee did not state the names of commissioners whose term is expiring.
It said the commissioners will be required to superintend over the running of the country’s elections in a fair and transparent manner.
“Zec has the following functions — to prepare for, conduct and supervise elections for the office of President and Parliament, elections to provincial and metropolitan councils and the governing bodies of local authorities, elections of members of the National Council of Chiefs established by Section 286 and referendums,” it said. ■