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ZEC Commences Delimitation Exercise

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Wed, 01 Jun 2022 06:49:22 GMT
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ZEC Commences Delimitation Exercise

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) closed the voters’ roll on Monday to pave way for the delimitation exercise that commences on Wednesday, 1 June 2022.

Delimitation of constituency boundaries is done every 10 years on a date set by ZEC.

The exercise is done soon after a national population and housing census. The last census was carried out in late April and spilt into early May this year.

ZEC spokesperson commissioner Jasper Mangwana said the delimitation exercise will be based on those who had registered as voters by 30 June. Mangwana said:

The ones who have registered to vote until yesterday are the ones who are going to constitute the voters roll to be used for the delimitation exercise.

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However, voter registration will still continue at the 73 ZEC offices throughout the country, and the voters’ roll will be open for other electoral activities.

The delimitation exercise will divide constituencies, wards and other electoral boundaries. Mangwana said there would be no gerrymandering.

Gerrymandering is the manipulation of electoral boundaries so as to favour one party or class. Said Mangwana:

We have already started delimitation activities such as stakeholder engagement and sharing the legal frameworks and processes to be done during this exercise.

It shall end in December 2022. We are going to use a lot of information from the population census including developments like new settlements, population growth and other factors.

Delimitation is not a one-sided process, we shall use data from other sources as well.

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