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Electoral Watchdogs Demand Transparency In Delimitation Exercise

Electoral Watchdogs Demand Transparency In Delimitation Exercise

Local electoral watchdogs have urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to conduct the delimitation exercise in a transparent manner.

Speaking to NewsDay, Election Resource Centre’s legal and advocacy officer Takunda Tsunga said ZEC should carry out delimitation independently and impartially. Said Tsunga:

The failure to adhere to constitutional principles guiding delimitation when carrying out the process results in marginalised groups or vulnerable communities having less opportunity than other registered voters to participate in the political process and to elect representatives of their choice.

ZEC as the administrative body mandated to carry out delimitation must conduct its duties independently and impartially.

Tsunga said that if the delimitation process is not transparent, it may lead to disputes ahead of the 2023 elections. He said:

Delimitation that is not transparent will be the foundation of potential disputes arising in 2023.

Delimitation must draw boundaries in a manner that ensures exclusivity and equality of vote.

While ZEC has taken some steps to carry out consultations, the consultations cannot be considered as ‘public’ as the public has not been given sufficient platforms to participate in the delimitation process.

The lack of public participation will negatively impact public confidence in the process.

Zimbabwe Election Advocacy Trust executive director Ignatious Sadziwa said:

Delimitation of electoral boundaries must mirror voter registration and census statistics without favour.

However, we feel that more civic education must be done to conscientise the electorate to allay fears of mistrust and gerrymandering.

If the process is done unfairly, legal recourse will be required as the Electoral Court is tasked to settle such disputes.

Section 161 of the Constitution says electoral boundaries must be delimited once every 10 years following a population census.

Zimbabwe conducted its latest census during the second quarter of 2022 and ZEC is expected to conduct a delimitation exercise before next year’s general elections.

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5 Comments

mdara Loli pop 4 months ago

Our policy regarding national elections it's very poor it doesn't articulate ma critical areas anofanirwa kutariswa kuti munhu ave eligible ku voter besides kungo register bedzi. Pandiri particular napo pahu president apo kunyanya bcoz ndo pane yese ipapo. It must come up with a strict vetting process ye vanhu vano qualifier ku vhotera President munyika rather kungoti i stimela mbombela mwana wese mu ballot box. Chinozongoitika at the end is that poor minds will always vote themselves to poverty after being hoodwinked by useless propaganda by some cunning politicians. The term poor minds must not confuse u. I mean someone who is not informed enough about real issues in the national state of affairs e.g politics , economy etc. That person will be swayed easily by useless propaganda negating the most valuable things which helps the country to develop.


Moyo 4 months ago

Point noted. In a democratic state every man and woman is entitled to making choices of their own. This includes voting for their preferred presidential candidate. And that's what is happening.
The problem now comes when you give that right to someone who is poor minded(or short sighted) like you mentioned.
Couple that with fear and gullibility and you have a zanu pf voter.
Can their mindset be changed. Haa ipapo pane basa. Most of the information they get is propaganda for zanupf esp from state owned medias( ZBC), tozoti ma chief

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

I believe the census was fairly and correctly done. Citizens now look forward to delimitation committee to conduct an impartial and independent delimitation process.

Usually rigging or cheating starts at the delimitation process by the way of gerrymandering. The committee may corruptly split Constituencies or cut down the number of Constituencies in a province.

This happens when the delimitation committee is corrupt and captured by the ruling party or any powerful opposition political party.

[ CITIZENS LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING UNCONTESTED HARMONISED ELECTIONS].

[ ALL CITIZENS ARE URGED TO REGISTER TO VOTE AND VOTE CCC POLITICAL PARTY ].

[ NGENA CHAMISA NGENA UADVOCATE WETHU ].

Yours faithfully
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


mdara Loli pop 4 months ago

I salute u Moyo . Thus the thing chaitadza vanhu kunzwisisa point yandai zama kuburitsa.


@ mdara Loli pop 4 months ago

nyangwe ukaita a billion supporters your point is still undemocratic thus still a s.t.u.p.i.d point.what you are saying is akin to saying statutory rape is true if you sleep with an intelligent 14 year old who got 4 units at grade 7 but if they got 36 units hazvina basa because hapana mwana iyeye chaanobatsira.thats how s.t.u.p.id your argument is.


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