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special vote case dismissed by Justice Chiweshe
Nomalanga Moyo, SW Radio Africa
July 19, 2013
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On Friday Constitutional
Court Judge George Chiweshe dismissed an MDC-T court bid querying
the figures of police officers who voted in the special
ballot held on July 14th-16th.
The MDC-T, as
well as its elections official Morgan Komichi, also wanted the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission to provide the party with a list of all those
who voted in the just-ended special vote.
both sides had to argue out their cases Thursday, after the Commission’s
lawyers from the registrar-general’s office reneged on a previous
mutual agreement to make the list available to the MDC-T.
told SW Radio Africa that Justice Chiweshe dismissed the application
with costs: “We were told the reasons for the ruling will
said he was not surprised by Chiweshe’s decision: “We
knew even as we filed our application that our courts have become
very unprofessional at election times.
not matter whether you have all the evidence and witnesses to support
your case, our judges will rule in favour of Zanu-PF. But we will
continue fighting our cases in the courts because we are a law-abiding
it was clear from the reluctance to supply basic voter information,
such as the list, that ZEC was being manipulated.
is not the ZEC we should have. It is obvious that someone else is
running things and this is the army and the central intelligence
just as they did in the last
election in 2008,” Komichi added.
The MDC-T was
challenging the 69,000 ballot papers prepared by the ZEC for the
special vote for the police, comparing it with the figure of 44,000
provided by the Treasury for the number of police officers paid
a monthly salary.
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