Zimbabwe currently has 85 women parliamentarians in the National Assembly compared to 185 men.
This means that the country would not meet the 2015 Sadc deadline, as the next elections in Zimbabwe are only expected in 2018.
Of the 85 women parliamentarians, only 25 were directly elected to Parliament while the other 60 are in the House of Assembly courtesy of a constitutional provision which reserves seats for women.
In an effort to have more women representation in the Senate which is again filled by proportional representation, political parties are now by law obliged to put forward candidates in a Zebra format with women topping the list.
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