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No Party Must Get Two-thirds Majority In Parliament - Advocate Mpofu

No Party Must Get Two-thirds Majority In Parliament - Advocate Mpofu

Harare-based lawyer and constitutional law expert, Thabani Mpofu, says it would be ideal if no single party attains a two-thirds majority in parliament in the 2023 general elections as this will promote consensus-building.

Mpofu became a household name in 2018 when he represented MDC Alliance presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa at the Constitutional Court.

Chamisa had challenged the presidential election results as announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) but lost the case due to a lack of evidence, according to the ConCourt bench.

Posting on Twitter, Mpofu urged the opposition to devise strategies to counter possible gerrymandering by ZEC during the delimitation exercise.

Gerrymandering is the manipulation of boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favour one party or class. Wrote Mpofu:

S37A of the Electoral Act deals with the delimitation of constituencies. For purposes of Parliamentary elections, this is one of the most significant processes that must take place before the watershed 2023 elections.

Before fixing the electoral boundaries, ZEC must publish its intention to do so. It must receive representations from the citizens on the matter.

Given that ZEC has discretion over the issue, don’t count on it doing anything reasonable. But don’t despair

Strategies must be built around the boundaries to be drawn by ZEC. I believe those other ones have already done their homework and the boundaries will largely favour them.

Don’t cry about this in the aftermath. Strategize to counter any gerrymandering. Lemon to lemonade.

Successful strategies in counter, as opposed to popularity, will determine whether or not CCC controls parliament.

Whatever happens, no one must get a two-thirds majority. Post-change, we still need a fair measure of consensus. That’s how Zimbabwe will be built from its ruins.

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10 Comments

con court 1 month ago

is thabani mpofu South African?


Machiavelli 1 month ago

Thank you Thabani for raising this issue.
I am convinced a more equitable solution would be to have Zimbabwe as one constituency South African style. In such a scenario the each party would have its preferred list of representatives in order of priority and allocation of seats based on the percentage of votes received. This would also accommodate the diaspora vote without raising the issue of diaspora constituencies

This "Winner-gets-all" system in place enables over-representation in Parliament and dilutes chances of rigging


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

Advocate Thabani Mpofu must be respected, especially by opposition political parties because he speaks from experience he got when he represented Advocate Nelson Chamisa in the CONCOURT in 2018. If a certain political party gets over two thirds majority in parliament like what ZANU PF did in 2018, it will make any constitutional changes
without problems. Advocate Thabani Mpofu said rigging starts at Delimitation of constituencies by the illegal process of gerrymandering. In the 2018 General Elections, MDC ALLIANCE did not assign Polling Agents at all its Polling Stations. This did a disservice to them in court because Advocate Thabani Mpofu was asked during the court how he could prove that wrong figures of voters were submitted at the polling stations where his client did not post polling agents. Advocate Thabani Mpofu could not answer that. Do you remember Muzvinafundo Jonathan Moyo offering to train 400 polling agents for CCC? He wanted to exploit that shortfall to infiltrate CCC. "ZVINO AKANYANGIRA RAONA." I personally attended all CONCOURT sessions virtually.

ZEC STOP GERRYMANDERING AT DELIMITATION OF CONSTITUENCIES.

APA ANOTOPINDA CHETE CHAMISA APA.

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].


gerrymendering 1 month ago

jar tsvarie manyararidzwa naana Fombo hanz why commending on every post ,jus change your title mdhara hanz mdhara amuna dhiri mocharger phone kuswerera paPindula


UBA 1 month ago

Ummm I respect him kancane, his degree is not from UZ but some provincial university called GZU


kusaziva kufa 1 month ago

law degree repa gzu rakanyanya kudarika rekwenyu uko ezvino

UBA 1 month ago

We sat through his pith/fulcrum presentation as he tried to analyse polling results.That wasnt the requirement and It got him nowhere fast
🚮🚮🚮

parasite 1 month ago

Ko renyu reku UZ ramboti rashanda here. You are nothing when it comes to Advocate Thabani Mpofu and you know that. kkkkkkk looser

Doug 1 month ago

Our political leaders need to make us all understand that, though we may differ in opinion, we are all Zimbabweans, and that belonging to any political formation is not permanent. That is why parties should have the manifesto which should be followed when they get into or continue in power. The toxic politics is now rubbing into all forms of gatherings like churches and soccer where those with different idea or the different team members and supporters are taken as enemies, more like non Zimbabweans.


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