ZEC clears air on delimitation

By ZBC Reporter

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says delimitation of electoral boundaries will only start after the release of the national census final report, with consultations on the process currently underway.

The commission says it has been inundated with requests for the outcome of the delimitation exercise when in fact the process has not yet started.

The Ministry of Local Government and Public Works is currently undertaking consultations on behalf of the Commission which has the sole mandate to draw up the boundaries of constituencies, wards and other electoral processes.

Speaking during a delimitation consultation meeting attended by the Mashonaland West Provincial Development Committee in Chinhoyi this Friday, ZEC Provincial Elections Officer, Mr Austin Ndlovu clarified that the boundary delimitation exercise will only be carried out after the release of the national census final report.

“At the moment there is no delimitation taking place, even the consultations that were taking place on the ground as this exercise was being conducted they are in essence not delimitation, but they are activities that build up to the delimitation, because it’s a prerogative of the local government to give ZEC clearly defined administrative boundaries and therefore please let’s not mistake that exercise as delimitation,” he explained.

Mashonaland West Permanent Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Mr Josphat Jaji said the province anticipates Harare Metropolitan to expand into Mashonaland West after major developments in Zvimba district, including construction of the New Parliament Building.

The responsibility rests with ZEC, but what affects delimitation are the local government administrative boundaries of district and provinces so we want to ensure that if there are any proposals brought forward to enable when delimitation starts, so we anticipate Harare wanting to extend to our province, as you can see what is happening within Zvimba district Harare is expanding so we expect a proposal from Harare,” he said.

The delimitation exercise comes after every ten years and gives ZEC the opportunity to come up with new electoral boundaries before a national election.