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ERCZ Statement On The Preliminary Delimitation Report | Full Text

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Wed, 11 Jan 2023 07:10:18 GMT
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ERCZ Statement On The Preliminary Delimitation Report | Full Text

Full statement by the Election Resource Centre Zimbabwe (ERCZ) on the Preliminary Delimitation report.

On 26th December 2022, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission took a significant step toward fair representation for all Zimbabwean voters by submitting the Preliminary Delimitation Report to the President of Zimbabwe.

The preliminary report presents the wards and constituencies as delimited by the Commission during the delimitation exercise.

While the report has generally resulted in a more equitable distribution of voters across the 210 constituencies in Zimbabwe, the ERC notes concerns raised by stakeholders on the report.

The main concern is the calculation of the allowable ‘variance’ for the number of registered voters per constituency and ward.

The alleged erroneous methodology used to calculate the variance potentially discredits the delimitation process.

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The underlying principle of the delimitation process is to ensure the equality of the vote. Hence, the ERC urges the Commission to address the concerns raised by stakeholders.

The failure to adequately address the issues raised may result in the final delimitation report being contested and thus affecting its use for the 2023 Harmonised Elections.

A return to the pre-existing 2007/2008 boundaries goes against the principles of the equality of the vote as the boundaries of the current constituencies and wards are grossly unequal.

Inclusivity and transparency in addressing the concerns raised will ensure the buy-in of all relevant stakeholders.

The Electoral Commission is expected to ensure maximum transparency of the procedures and their outcome.

This is vital to guarantee the credibility of the electoral process, secure the confidence of the voters and respect the aspirations of the Constitution.

Given the short time remaining for the delimitation report to be adopted for the 2023 Harmonised Election, ERC calls on all significant stakeholders, in particular the Electoral Commission, Parliament, and Political Parties, to step up, address the issues brought up, and carry out their mandates.



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