ZEC pushes for the amendment of Electoral Laws

By Fungai Jachi

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is pushing for the amendment of the Electoral Act, at a time the electoral body has been reduced to administrative duties.

In an interview with ZBC News on the sidelines of a public lecture at the Zimbabwe National Defense University in Harare this Wednesday, ZEC Chairperson, Justice Priscilla Chigumba spoke on the importance of changes to the legal framework.

“There is a need to amend our electoral laws because there are gaps. We appreciate that there is a draft bill that seeks to address these gaps, but it will be a good step if all of our recommendations were taken on board. There is a need to register political parties because then they will be accountable if they misbehave,” she said.

Justice Chigumba also gave an insight into the boundary delimitation exercise that will be conducted before the 2023 general elections.

“This is our first delimitation after the 2013 Constitution. So this exercise is important because it will determine the constituencies and wards. At times we are accused of gerrymandering because the public does not understand the process, but everything is going to be done within the boundaries of the law,” she added.

With the electoral process being continuous, ZEC highlighted that preparations for the 2023 general elections are on course.

Voter registration is currently underway, while the boundary delimitation exercise is expected to start after the census.