ZESN queries seat allocation

HARARE - The former chairperson of the Women's Assembly, Lucia Matibenga  won the Kuwadzana East primary, in the MDC (Tsvangirai) primaries completed on Sunday.

Theressa Makone, who took over from Matibenga at the Women’s Assembly last year, also emerged out of a tight contest for the Harare North constituency.

MDC (Mutambara) secretary general, Welshman Ncube, said his party had completed its selection process at the weekend and would be issuing a statement this week.  Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has blasted the gerrymandering done by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s delimitation process.  ZESN says in a statement that the distribution of constituencies in urban and rural areas is not based on reality, raising the usual fear of Zanu (PF) planning to rig the election by creating more constituencies in the countryside it perceives to its stronghold.

ZESN says the allocation of 51 urban seats, in contrast with 146 rural and 13 in mixed constituencies represents an under-representation of the electorate by 70 seats or 50%. The delimitation outcome gave 24% of the seats to urban areas but according to ZESN, the urban voting population is at a 60-40 proportion to that in the rural.

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