HARARE, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced August 23 for the country's next elections, setting a campaign season among political parties and aspiring candidates in motion.
State news agency New Ziana reported Wednesday that Mnangagwa set June 21 as the date on which nomination courts would sit countrywide to accept applications by political parties and their candidates to participate in the polls.
Mnangagwa had been due to announce the date on Monday but postponed doing so, with his spokesperson George Charamba saying he would do so in due course.
More than 5.8 million people have registered to vote in the presidential, legislative and local authority elections, according to the news agency.
The ruling ZANU PF party has already held primary elections to choose candidates for the elections, while the two major opposition parties, MDC-T and Citizens' Coalition for Change, have yet to present theirs to the electorate. ■