Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba yesterday presented a preliminary delimitation report to President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House in Harare.
The President is expected to send the report to Parliament by end of next week.
In a statement, acting chief secretary to the President and Cabinet, George Charamba said: “The law enjoins His Excellency the President to cause the tabling of the report in Parliament within seven working days, after which Parliament has 14 sitting days during which to study the report before submitting its opinion to His Excellency the President.”
Zec has come under attack multiple times from the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) for presiding over what it claimed is a flawed delimitation process ahead of polls expected next year.
Harare mayor Jacob Mafume has accused Zec of ignoring input from the country’s largest city, Harare, in the delimitation process, including calls to increase the number of wards from 46 to 55 (20%) to cater for the growing population.
In Bulawayo, there were spirited calls by CCC to increase the number of wards from 20 to 35.
Recently, two shadowy Zanu PF groups trashed the preliminary delimitation exercise ahead of the 2023 polls on grounds that the ruling Zanu PF party lost some rural wards to urban constituencies that are widely believed to be opposition strongholds. _*NewsDay*_