“It Would Be Ideal If No Single Party Attains A Two-Thirds Majority In Parliament” – Advocate Thabani Mpofu
Thabani Mpofu, a Harare-based lawyer and constitutional law specialist, believes that if no one party achieves a two-thirds majority in parliament in the 2023 general elections, it will boost consensus-building.
Mpofu rose to prominence in 2018 after representing MDC Alliance presidential contender Nelson Chamisa in the Constitutional Court.
Chamisa had disputed the presidential election results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), but the petition was dismissed by the ConCourt court owing to a lack of evidence.
Mpofu encouraged the opposition to find tactics to oppose potential gerrymandering by ZEC during the delimitation procedure.
Gerrymandering is the modification of (an electoral constituency’s) borders in order to favour one party or class over another.
Posting On the Micro- Blogging Platform. Advocate Thabani Mpofu wrote :
S37A of the Electoral Act deals with the delimitation of constituencies. For purposes of Parliamentary elections, this is one of the most significant processes that must take place before the watershed 2023 elections.
Before fixing the electoral boundaries, ZEC must publish its intention to do so. It must receive representations from the citizens on the matter.
Given that ZEC has discretion over the issue, don’t count on it doing anything reasonable. But don’t despair
Strategies must be built around the boundaries to be drawn by ZEC. I believe those other ones have already done their homework and the boundaries will largely favour them.
Don’t cry about this in the aftermath. Strategize to counter any gerrymandering. Lemon to lemonade.
Successful strategies in counter, as opposed to popularity, will determine whether or not CCC controls parliament.
Whatever happens, no one must get a two-thirds majority. Post-change, we still need a fair measure of consensus. That’s how Zimbabwe will be built from its ruins.Advocate Thabani Mpofu