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SENATE HANSARD 6 JANUARY 2023 VOL 32 NO 9

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Friday, 6th January, 2023

The Senate met at Half Past Nine o’clock a.m.

PRAYERS

(THE ACTING PRESIDENT OF SENATE in the Chair)

TABLING OF THE PRELIMINARY DELIMITATION REPORT

          THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI): Thank you Mr. President Sir. I rise to move that whereas Section 161 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe states that once every ten years on a date or within a period fixed by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission so as to fall as soon as possible after a population census, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission must conduct a delimitation of electoral boundaries into which Zimbabwe is divided.

WHEREAS ZEC commenced the delimitation process in June 2022 and submitted its preliminary report to His Excellency, Dr. E. D. Mnangagwa on the 26th December 2022;

WHEREAS Section 161 (7) (c) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe states that the President must cause the preliminary report to be laid before Parliament within seven days for Parliament consideration and referral of any issues to His Excellency, Dr. E. D. Mnangagwa for ZEC’s consideration;

NOW, THEREFORE, I the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, do hereby lay the ZEC preliminary report before the Senate for consideration. I thank you.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

LEAVE TO MOVE FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF AN AD HOC COMMITTEE ON THE ANALYSIS OF THE ZIMBABWE ELECTORAL COMMISSION 2022 PRELIMINARY REPORT OF THE DELIMITATION EXERCISE

HON. SEN. MUZENDA: Mr. President Sir, I seek leave of the Senate to move that an Ad hoc Committee on the analysis of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission 2022 preliminary report on the delimitation exercise be appointed in terms of Standing Order Number 24. This is in view of the limited time within which Parliament is expected to consider the report and present its findings and recommendations to His Excellency the President.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

APPOINTMENT OF AN AD HOC COMMITTEE ON THE ANALYSIS OF THE ZIMBABWE ELECTORAL COMMISSION 2022 PRELIMINARY REPORT OF THE DELIMITATION EXERCISE

HON. SEN. MUZENDA: Mr. President Sir, I move that an Ad hoc Committee on the analysis of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission 2022 preliminary report on the delimitation exercise be appointed in terms of Standing Order Number 24.

HON. SEN. DR. MAVETERA:  I second Mr. President Sir.

Motion put and agreed to.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE ACTING PRESIDENT OF SENATE

APPOINTMENT OF THE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON THE ANALYSIS OF THE ZEC PRELIMINARY DELIMITATION 2022 REPORT

THE ACTING PRESIDENT OF SENATE (HON. SEN. CHIEF CHARUMBIRA): In anticipation of the motion by Hon. Sen. Muzenda, the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders nominated the following Members to serve on the Ad hoc Committee on the analysis of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission 2022 preliminary report on the delimitation exercise: Hon. C. Madiwa; Hon. C. Mpame; Hon. K. Musanhi; oHonHon. Sen. T. V. Muzenda; Hon. D. Mwonzora; Hon. M. Ncube; Hon. A. Ndebele; Hon. D. Nduna; Hon. Sen. Dr. D. P. Parirenyatwa; Hon. Sen. Chief Siansali; Hon. P. D. Sibanda; Hon. D. Tekeshe and Hon. P. Togarepi. Hon. Togarepi to be the Chairperson.

The terms of reference of the Committee will be as follows:

  1. a) to analytically consider the ZEC 2022 preliminary report on the delimitation exercise; and
  2. b) to report its findings and recommendations to the National Assembly and the Senate by 13th January 2023.

          On the Motion of THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI), the Senate adjourned at Ten Minutes to Ten o’clock a.m. until Friday, 13th January, 2023.

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