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and Advocacy Unit (RAU) intended to launch a detailed analysis of
the Voters' Roll this morning. This detailed audit comes in the
wake of a preliminary report
that RAU released on the 5th of July 2013.
RAU has had to cancel
the launch of this report however, because the Registrar General
at 8.17am left an interdict at our offices from the High Court to
stop the event from going ahead at the Crowne Plaza the chosen venue,
who were cited as the second Respondents and were served at 8.30am.
The Registrar General's
interdict is based on a misconception that we wanted to launch the
voters roll, relying on an erroneous article by NewsDay published
on the 16th of July 2013 which stated that RAU intended to launch
a full voters' roll. Instead of proceeding by way of an application
interdicting us from launching our report, it would have taken a
simple phone call from the Registrar General's office to confirm
that what we intended to launch was a report based on the Roll and
not the Roll itself.
RAU wishes to clarify
that it never intended to a launch a voters' roll. RAU was going
to launch an analysis done on the voters roll. In addition to the
above, the Chairperson of ZEC and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
are aware that RAU has been working on such an audit and ZEC had
received and acknowledged receipt of the preliminary report.
RAU is deeply concerned
with the fact that the order for an interdict was granted and the
application was admitted and decided yet the Certificate of Urgency,
which makes part of the Application was not signed as is required
RAU also finds unprocedural
and an abuse of the justice system and court process the fact that
we were not served with the application when it was filed with the
High Court and that we only received it at the same time as the
Order for an Interdict was delivered to RAU.
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