How to be a President in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe government consists of an elected head of state, the president, and a legislature. The presidential term lasts for 5 years and is elected by majority, with a second round if no candidate receives a majority in the first round. The Parliament is bicameral, consisting of the House of Assembly and the Senate.

(1) A person qualifies for election as President or Vice-President if he or she—
(a) is a Zimbabwean citizen by birth or descent;
(b) has attained the age of forty years;
(c) is ordinarily resident in Zimbabwe; and
(d) is registered as a voter.

(2) Every candidate for election as President must nominate two persons to stand for election jointly with him or her as Vice-Presidents and must designate one of those persons as his or her candidate for first Vice-President and the other as his or her candidate for second Vice-President.
(3) The President and the Vice-Presidents are directly elected jointly by registered voters throughout Zimbabwe, and the procedure for their election is as prescribed in the Electoral Law.

How is the president elected in Zimbabwe?

Electoral system

The President of Zimbabwe is elected using the two-round system. The 270 members of the National Assembly consist of 210 members elected in single-member constituencies and 60 women elected by proportional representation in ten six-seat constituencies based on the country’s provinces.

Who is the current Zimbabwe President?

The incumbent president is Emmerson Mnangagwa, installed on 24 November 2017 after his predecessor, Robert Mugabe resigned in the aftermath of a 2017 coup d’état.

Who appoints the president and how?

The manner of election of the President is provided by Article 55 of the constitution. Each elector casts a different number of votes. The general principle is that the total number of votes cast by Members of Parliament equals the total number of votes cast by State Legislators.