ZEC engages stakeholders on delimitation exercise

By Tichaona Kurewa

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is engaging government departments and parastatals on the impending boundary delimitation exercise.

Speaking on the side-lines of an engagement workshop in Victoria Falls this Thursday, ZEC spokesperson, Commissioner Jasper Mangwana revealed that the impending delimitation exercise will be based on the 2013 constitution.

“For now there are new developments so we need to take different stakeholders to be aware of what it means to delimit constituencies in 2022 using the new Constitution of 2013. This is quite key because we are required by the Constitution to make sure that this process is done openly, transparently and consultatively.

“Remember decisions are going to be made, whoever is going to be affected must be given an opportunity to have a say, including the voters. These are pre-delimitation activities because the law is quite clear that we should start these activities soon after the tabling of the census report,” he said.

District Development Fund and Related Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary, Mr Christopher Shumba said his organisation is key in enhancing access to certain areas during the delimitation exercise and beyond.

“When we deal with delimitations as we are invited, we are meant to understand how ZEC is going to conduct elections and our role is to ensure that there is accessibility to selected polling stations. This means that in certain cases we are going to look at the infrastructure at the polling station and accessibility in terms of bridges, maybe where they are needed because everybody has to vote.

“We also need to take cognisance of the current COVID-19 protocols and ensure that there is sufficient supply of water to polling stations. The fact that we are engaged now means we are going back and planning and making sure that there is access to polling stations and there is water,” said Shumba.

The boundary delimitation exercise which was last held in 2007, is crucial in addressing equitable distribution of the voting population in constituencies ahead of the 2023 harmonised elections.