Zec readies for delimitation
Harare (New Ziana) – The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has moved a gear up with preparations for the delimitation exercise with the inspection of the voters’ roll set to begin next week.
The inspection exercise, running from 17 to 26 July, is meant to allow voters to check whether they are appearing on the roll, and whether their details were captured correctly.
Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said the inspection would be polling station specific and that the roll would be available for inspection at election centres from 7 AM to 5 PM.
“The electorate is advised to visit polling stations where they are registered to vote to inspect the voter’s roll. Alternatively, voters can check their status on USSD platform *265# or the online platform zec.org.zw,” she said.
“Once all the corrections have been taken on board, the Commission will then produce the final voters’ roll that will be used for the purpose of conducting the delimitation exercise.”
The delimitation exercise is meant to create new electoral boundaries ahead of the 2023 elections.
In preparation for the delimitation and subsequent elections, Zec conducted a voter registration blitz in February and April this year.
The voter registration blitz was part of several pre-election activities that ZEC and other relevant stakeholders have lined up in preparation for the 2023 polls.
One such stakeholder, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, conducted a national population census in April this year whose results will also guide the creation of new electoral boundaries to be used in 2023.
The population census was held a year earlier specifically for that purpose.
In the same vein, the the Civil Registry Department is conducting the national mobile registration exercise from April 1 until September 30 targeting to register at least two million people, double the number known to be on the backlog.
The department accumulated a huge backlog owing to the travel and working restrictions imposed to combat Covid-19, which at one stage saw its offices even closing.
During the exercise, documents such as national identity cards, birth certificates, death certificates and cattle brands will all be free of charge after President Mnangagwa intervened following requests from the public.