The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has called for the de-linking of constituency delimitation from the National Census to accommodate changes in settlement patterns since 2008.
ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said that Parliament should consider making the changes ahead of the 2023 elections.
Under the 2013 constitution, the delimitation of constituencies is linked to the National Census.
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Speaking at a stakeholders’ conference in Kadoma over the weekend, Chigumba said:
The last delimitation exercise was done in 2008, since then several changes have taken place in our law and in settlement patterns.
The 2013 Constitution linked delimitation to the National Census and also there has been rapid urban expansion which may affect existing boundaries.
Several communities were displaced by natural disasters and developments and the result of all these changes is that some villages or wards no longer exist, for example in Mwenezi where people were displaced by the Tokwe-Mukosi dam or Chipinge where people were displaced by the cyclone.
We also have areas where whole new locations have sprouted, for example in Harare South.
We also have a situation where some locations are ordinarily seen as belonging to Harare, but are in fact in other provinces, for example, Mt Pleasant Heights which is in Mazowe District. All these point to the need for delimitation.