By Jennita Kigezi
The Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on delimitation has cast aspersions on the draft delimitation report presented to Parliament by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission ZEC arguing the report falls short of the provisions of section 161 of the constitution.
Presenting the Ad Hoc Committee findings, chair of the committee, Hon Pupurayi Togarepi (Zanu Pf) said the Draft Delimitation report was in violation of section 161 of the national constitution.
“The committee noted that the draft delimitation report, has insufficient information in descriptions of wards,committee report
and a highly complicated coordinate system…. The committee also noted that the report by ZEC used an unspecified map scale….”
Further, the committee submitted that ZEC delimitation report contained gross irregularities on the 20% threshold.
“The Committee noted that previous delimitation reports contained sufficient detail in terms of descriptions compared to the current ZEC report. ZEC could have maintained the same style which is user friendly for the ordinary citizens” read part of the Ad Hoc Committee reportcommittee report
The Ad Hoc committe submitted that ZEC should take due regard to the census population
in its totality in the delimitation exercise and not just the adult population.
“ZEC was supposed to use the final census results. This is because wards and constituencies serve other purposes apart from elections, for instance, distribution of devolution funds and constituency development funds…”committee report
Prior to the Ad Hoc committe submissions, both Zanu PF party through proxies and opposition Citizens Coalition for Change had indicated that the process of delimiting wards and constituencies done by ZEC was done shambolic.