Story by Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has handed over the preliminary delimitation report to President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House in Harare.
ZEC has been seized with demarcating new boundaries for the country’s 210 constituencies and wards according to the number of registered voters.
The exercise has culminated in ZEC handing over the preliminary report to President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare this Monday.
ZEC Chairperson, Justice Priscilla Chigumba highlighted that the move is in accordance with the constitution which requires the commission to hand over the preliminary report to the President, who has seven official working days to study it before it is tabled before parliament
“The purpose of the meeting was for us to officially hand over the preliminary delimitation report to the President. Although he’s on leave, we are grateful he took time from his leave to come and meet with us so that we could present to the preliminary report to him.
“According to the constitution, the preliminary report must be given to His Excellency the President. We have done that and then in terms of the constitution, the delimitation period which we commenced on the 1st of June will officially end on the 31st of December. We were obliged within that period to come up with a report which we present to His Excellency then he has seven days to study it,” she said.
Parliament also has limited time to study the report.
“Parliament has 14 days to study the report, and where they raise concerns if any His Excellency will tell us which concerns have merit,” she added.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission expressed gratitude to the national delimitation committee, government ministries and departments, traditional leaders, political parties, civil society organisations and all stakeholders who contributed towards the successful conduct of the delimitation exercise.