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ZEC Conducts Pre-Delimitation Stakeholder Engagements

The commission held 10 stakeholder engagements to apprise stakeholders on voter registration updates, legal provisions governing delimitation and preparations for the delimitation exercise.

The stakeholder meetings ran from 17 to 29 May 2022. The engagements were two fold. The first batch of meetings that ran from 17 to 23 May 2022 was held at Pandhari Resort in Glen Lorne while the second set of meetings was conducted from 26 to 29 May 2022 at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls.

The engagements involved the following groups:

  • Media
  • Political Parties on the Commission’s data base
  • Political parties in Parliament and Chapter 12 Commissions
  • The Security Sector
  • People with disabilities, the Youth and Women
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Service Providers
  • Ministry of Local Government, Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Traditional Leaders
  • Government ministries
  • ZEC Head Office staff and Provincial Election Officers

The ZEC Deputy Chairperson, Commissioner Rodney Simukai Kiwa, officially opened all 10 meetings.

He encouraged the stakeholders to participate and contribute to a successful delimitation exercise that would leave a legacy admired by everyone through positive engagement, tolerance and responsible leadership.

 

Commissioner Kiwa noted that records of registered voters showed that more women had registered that men and therefore encouraged the stakeholders to enhance more participation of women in the electoral processes.

 

Some of the issues raised by stakeholders during the meetings included the need to consult traditional leaders extensively before the commencement of the delimitation exercise. The need to consider proportionality and equity when delimiting boundaries and a relook at the use of affidavits as proofs of residence since the facility was being abused during voter registration also cropped up during the meetings.

 

The issue of exploring possibilities of amending the law concerning delimitation ahead of the delimitation exercise was also raised.

 

A workshop for Provincial Election Officers and the Ministry of Local Government officials on the impending delimitation exercise was also conducted in Harare. This was a consultative workshop on modalities of mapping out administrative boundaries.