Report : Setting the Boundaries for Elections: Does the Current Delimitation Process meet Regional and International Best Practice?

Setting the Boundaries for Elections: Does the Current Delimitation Process meet Regional and International Best Practice?

The Policy Dialogue series convened by the SAPES Trust, and the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU), has been using the framework of five Pillars to examine the key areas of the electoral playing field in Zimbabwe, contrasting these with regional and continental best practices. The five Pillars allow an audit of the electoral playing field ahead of the elections in 2023 and are described in previous policy briefs.

One of the key pillars is Inclusion. which is essentially giving effect to the requirements of the Constitution for universal suffrage and uncontested elections. In Chapter 7, as pointed out in Section 155(1) (c), elections must be based on universal adult suffrage and equality of votes (emphasis added), and, in Section 155 (2) (a), that ensures that all eligible citizens, that is to say, the citizens qualified under the Fourth Schedule, are registered as voters. This requires that there is no barrier to registering as a voter, and that the constituencies are as equal as possible, which means, the Constitution provides in Section 161, “the requirement that constituencies and wards must have equal numbers of voters.”

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