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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Ad hoc committee tables report on ZEC delimitation before Parliament

Story by John Nhandara

PARLIAMENT has resumed its extraordinary sitting with the Ad hoc Committee set up to analyse the ZEC preliminary report on the delimitation exercise presenting its findings to the national assembly this Friday.

The committee presented its key findings and observations on areas to do with the link between the population census and the delimitation exercise, drawing of boundaries, as well as its analysis on the distribution of registered voters to constituencies.

Committee chairperson, Honourable Pupurai Togarepi said, “The committee came up with observations that include ward boundaries that were delimited above and below the maximum and minimum thresholds, insufficient information in the description of wards, unspecified map scale, unlabelled wards topographic features not presented on the maps and lack of justification on changes in boundaries in specific wards and constituencies.”

Debate adjourned to this Tuesday where the lower and upper houses will reconvene and debate the committee’s findings and recommendations.

The Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi noted, “I suspended the automatic adjournment times to ensure that as many of our Honourables will be able to debate on Tuesday and Wednesday and thereafter, Parliament will come up with recommendations to the President and the President will forward those to electoral commission for their consideration.”

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