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of Assembly passes the 18th Constitutional Amendment
September 19, 2007
In a rather
surprising and shocking move, House of Assembly members from the
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and the ruling ZANU
PF on 18 September 2007 unanimously agreed on the proposed Constitution
of Zimbabwe Amendment (No 18) which seeks to harmonize presidential
and parliamentary elections.
While in the
original text the President was going to appoint ten Non-Constitution
Members of the House of Assembly, this has
now been changed and members of the House of Assembly have agreed
that Zimbabwe will now be divided into 210 House of Assembly Constituencies
with all members being directly elected by voters registered in
the 210 constituencies to be delimitated following the passage of
the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 18 Bill.
The Senate will now be
constituted by 93 members made up with 6 Senators per province directly
elected by voters registered in the 60 Senatorial constituencies,
10 Provincial Governors appointed by the President in terms of legislation
governing the appointment of Governors, 16 chiefs, being two chiefs
from each of the provinces other than metropolitan provinces, the
president and deputy president of the Council of Chiefs together
with 5 Senators appointed by the President.
Instead of the delimitation
Commission which has traditionally deliminated constituencies, the
role now falls to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to deliminate
House of Assembly and Senatorial constituencies together with local
House of Assembly Members
also agreed that all four elections for President, House of Assembly,
Senatorial and Local Authorities are to be synchronized and take
place on one day.
the piece-meal amendments and reiterates its call for a people driven
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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