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to Zimbabwe redistricting report limited even for lawmakers
Carole Gombakomba, Voice of America (VOA)
January 21, 2008
Members of Zimbabwe's
parliament say they have not yet been provided with copies of a
critical redistricting report tabled there last week and have had
to line up to read the single copy which is available without being
able to make photocopies.
of parliament said they have been told government printers have
been unable to make copies of the three-volume report of some 800
pages, though it has a major bearing on ballots the government insists
must be held in March.
The report explains the
demarcation of 210 house districts - 60 of them new - and 60 senate
Experts said interested
parties have seven days to examine the report before the new constituency
boundaries are made final through a presidential proclamation. But
the parliament is currently adjourned, making debate on redistricting
Election Support Network (ZESN) Chairman Noel Kututwa told reporter
Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that stakeholders
have been prevented from raising concerns about redistricting, which
is "crucial" to election fairness.
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