ZEC’s Delimitation exercise to tally with changes in population

By Keith Mawoyo

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says the boundary delimitation exercise is crucial in addressing inconsistencies within constituencies ahead of the 2023 harmonised elections.

ZEC engaged the media in Harare this Tuesday as part of awareness initiatives on the purpose of the delimitation exercise.

ZEC spokesperson, Commissioner Jasper Mangwana revealed that the last delimitation exercise was held more than ten years ago and no longer tallies with changes in the population dynamics.

“So today the commission is engaging the media and also engaging different stakeholders that include defence securocrats that also include government institutions, the chapter 12 and chapter13 institutions, CSO’s and FBO’s traditional leaders, academia to ensure that they understand what delimitation is because, it is always done once in ten years so this is the other tenth year that we are going to be doing it in preparation for 2023 harmonised elections,” said Mangwana.

ZEC Director Legal Services, Shamiso Chahuruva highlighted that the commission conforms to international standards of holding elections.

“In terms of international best practices if you look at our legal framework you find out that we compete fairly well with other jurisdictions in that our law is very clear on what are the issues that we should consider in delimiting constituencies and wards,” said Chahuruva.

While acknowledging some challenges, ZEC Chief Elections Officer, Utloile Silaigwana assured the nation of peaceful 2023 elections in line with the constitution.

“The possible challenges that we think ZEC will face in delimiting constituencies, firstly I think it could be lack of knowledge by the electorate and for that reason the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has seen it fit to do this pre delimitation exercise engagement with stakeholders across the board so that they would understand what is it that mandates ZEC to delimit the constituencies and How,” said Silaigwana.

Delimitation is the process of dividing the country into constituencies and wards for the purposes of elections.

The process is carried out in terms of sections 160 and 161 of the Constitution.