By Chigwede Waruma
HARARE – The Citizens Coalition for Change CCC party said it can only come up with a comprehensive response to the ongoing delimitation process once they (CCC) are availed with the voters roll .
According to the opposition party, the draft delimitation report produced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, can only be accurately analysed when political parties have access to the voters’ roll.
CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said the delimitation report by and large retained boundaries used in 2007 despite population growth and higher numbers of registered voters.
“It’s untenable, if not farcical, to go to an election in 2023 with boundaries based on data that is more than three election cycles out of date,” Mahere told a news conference in Harare.
Mahere was however at Sixes and Sevens on the process saying that , until it (CCC) it’s difficult to have a position on the process.
“It’s not the best delimitation report, but it’s also not the worst at the same time,”Mahere said.
“It offers a useful starting point. I think what’s crucial in its entirety is what’s going to happen from here. Efforts must go towards improving the delimitation draft report so that we have boundaries that are in sync with the population and registration data.Mahere said
“We demand the electronic copy of the voters roll. Everything, when it comes to delimitation, turns on the voters roll, and it tells us the number of voters in any given area. We can’t have figures being given without the voters roll, that’s not enough, we have to see the actual voters roll.” said Mahere
The constitution of Zimbabwe mandates the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission ZEC to conduct a proper delimitation process at least six months before elections become due.
The draft delimitation report is set for debating in Parliament on January 17.
The country is set to go for the general elections anytime before August.