No Room For Failure, ZESN Tells ZEC


The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has called on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to make certain that the delimitation report  is ready in time for the upcoming elections further suggesting that there was no room for failure.

Zimbabwe is scheduled to hold general elections between July and August this year. 

The elections come at a time ZEC had conducted a delimitation exercise which stakeholders have accused of being shrouded in secrecy.

In-order for the new boundaries to be used in the upcoming elections the final delimitation report should be gazetted six months before the elections or the commission refers to the old boundaries. 

According to ZESN failure is not an option.

In  a Preliminary Report on the Legal and Statistical Analysis of the ZEC Preliminary Delimitation Report in Zimbabwe released last Saturday ZESN insisted the commission had the ability to make the necessary changes in time to meet the deadline.

“In view of its mandate, ZEC has to finalise the delimitation exercise in time for elections. 

“Failure is not an option since it would directly mean failure by a constitutional body to deliver on its mandate,” read the report.

Furthermore, the commission has been urged not to consider the previous report for the upcoming election.

“ZEC is urged not to use and adopt the 2007-2008 delimitation report for the 2023 general elections. 

“The 2008 Report is based on old data, and cannot in any way reflect current voting patterns and representativeness. 

“It is our submission that ZEC has capacity to correct and address the identified errors and mistakes in time for the gazetting of the Final Report for the 2023 general elections,” added ZESN.