THE leader of a Zanu PF affiliate organisation who is challenging the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)’s delimitation report in the Constitutional Court says he will not withdraw his case against its nullification. This is despite the fact that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has already gazetted the much-debated report, as Zimbabweans ready themselves for the country’s upcoming crunch harmonised elections.Lovemore Madhuku, the lawyer for the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Youth Action Platform (ZYAP), Tonderai Chidawa, told the Daily News yesterday that the case in the Constitutional Court would continue — as it had “nothing to do” with Monday’s gazetting of Zec’s delimitation report.“The court case was never meant to stop the gazetting. It is about the authenticity of that report, to say is it genuine. That is the issue. “That case remains relevant. The case will not be withdrawn because it is still relevant,” Madhuku said.Chidawa wants the court to nullify the report, arguing that Parliament violated its constitutional duty to ensure the accountability of State institutions when it accepted the document that was submitted by Zec in January.The Mt Pleasant voter also described the report as flawed, arguing further that it was not the work of Zec, but rather the result of one or two commissioners from the elections management body.In addition, Chidawa wants the court to rule that by adopting the report Parliament had violated its constitutional duty to ensure the accountability of State institutions.He is also further requesting that the court rules that all actions taken by Parliament in relation to the delimitation report are invalid, and thus have no legal standing.“Within a day of the tabling of the preliminary delimitation report by the president, I instructed my legal practitioners to write that the tabled report was not an act of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission but that of one or two commissioners.“In its response, Parliament refused to investigate and determine whether or not the preliminary delimitation report tabled in Parliament on 6 January 2023 by the President of Zimbabwe was an act of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission or was a report by one or two members of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.“Accordingly, Parliament simply accepted the preliminary delimitation report without any investigation of any sort into the issue I placed before it.“The preliminary delimitation report tabled before Parliament was not signed by any of the commissioners, a fact so glaring that Parliament ought to have sprung into action when I raised the issue, given that previous such reports were signed by all commissioners,” Chidawa contends.In the meantime, Zanu PF chief whip Pupurai Togarepi says Zec did not adequately address some of the concerns that Parliament raised in its final report.“What I can say is that they did address some and obviously not all. Given that this was the first time Zec was using the new Constitution, it was always going to cause a lot of debate.“It will be difficult for the report to satisfy all the stakeholders. Now that the final report is out and His Excellency has gazetted it, we stand guided by that,” he told the Daily News yesterday.On his part, MDC spokesperson Witness Dube also said their concerns had not been addressed by Zec.“The final report did not address our concerns. We will be giving a comprehensive statement on the report,” he said.Addressing thousands of people who gathered to commemorate National Youth Day in Lupane on Tuesday, Mnangagwa confirmed that he was ready to proclaim the dates for the harmonised polls.“As per the requirement of the Constitution, our country will soon be holding harmonised elections. As peace-loving people, let’s continue to guard the peace we are enjoying in our nation by saying no to violence.“I am informing you that the delimitation report was gazetted yesterday. So, I will be proclaiming the elections,” he told the gathering.Earlier in the week, Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi had dismissed claims that there was now a constitutional crisis in the country because of Mnangagwa’s alleged delay in gazetting the document.“The situation was clarified that His Excellency is waiting for them (Zec) to give him the final report. They have not submitted a final report for him to the gazette.“So, if Zec brings a final report, he is going to gazette it … the best people to answer that is Zec to say when they will be ready with it.“If they tell you that they will be ready on Monday the president will be ready to gazette it,” Ziyambi told the Daily News at the weekend.All this also comes after political analysts reiterated this week that both Zanu PF and the country’s opposition needed to have convergence on the roadmap to the elections, including campaigning against violence.Respected University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer, Eldred Masunungure, was among those who said Zimbabwe could ill afford to have disputed elections again on account of violence and a lack of electoral reforms.“Given that the Electoral Amendment Bill is still in the legislative pipeline, it can be said that preparation for elections is work in progress. This is buttressed by Zec’s plan to unleash another voter registration blitz.“So, on balance, the infrastructure for harmonised elections is not yet fully in place. The impediments emanate from the unfinished business that Parliament and Zec still have to finalise.“Both the voter registration blitz and the Electoral Amendment Bill are contestable, but should not torpedo the holding of elections,” Masunungure told the Daily News.“Many things still have to be done. If the elections have to have a semblance of freeness and fairness, then all political parties are enjoined to aggressively address the issue of politically-motivated election violence.“To this extent, a peace pact or equivalent will need to be agreed to, and to be diligently observed and enforced,” he added.On his part, South Africa-based academic and political commentator, Ricky Mukonza, said although the country was preparing itself for elections, conditions on the ground suggested that they could once again be hotly disputed.“Zimbabwe may not be ready for elections, but elections will go ahead. Zanu PF controls the levers of power and will ensure that the elections take place given that the current conditions favour a continuation of the status quo.“Whilst the opposition will continue to talk about the unevenness of the playing field, I doubt if that will have any effect on whether or not elections will take place.“The fact that we are less than six months away from elections and there are no reforms means that we may as well accept that reforms will not take place in this cycle of elections,” Mukonza said.