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given last minute order to hand over voters roll to MDC-T
Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa
July 31, 2013
Electoral Commission (ZEC) was on Tuesday night handed a last minute
court order to furnish the MDC-T with the voters’ roll, amid
ongoing concern that the roll has been rigged.
The order was
passed down less than 24 hours before polling stations opened on
Wednesday for the national election. The order, by High Court Judge
Justice Joseph Mafusire, came after lawyers representing the MDC-T
party filed an urgent chamber application on Tuesday, challenging
the decision by ZEC and Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede not to
handover electronic copies of the voters roll.
its lawyers, had opposed the request by the MDC-T to provide free
electronic copies of the voters
roll ahead of the elections, with the party and other candidates
and observers wanting to conduct proper audits to check if the roll
ZEC argued that
it could only provide hard copies of the roll at a cost, while the
electronic version was unavailable because of technical problems.
Mafusire ordered ZEC to provide hard copies of the constituency
voters’ rolls free of charge to MDC-T election candidates
by midday on Wednesday’s voting day. ZEC was further ordered
to provide some electronic copies of the voters roll once its IT
system is back online.
Some Zim lawyers
and others on Wednesday evening said they were now perusing the
voters roll, with voters raising concern throughout election day
that there were serious irregularities. This included a number of
names of deceased people being present on the roll, while other
‘registered’ voters were turned away on the basis that
their names did not appear.
At the same
time, it is understood that scores of police officers and other
security force members who failed to vote during the Special Vote,
were still unable to vote on Wednesday because their names had been
removed from the voters roll. This is despite a Constitutional Court
order allowing them a second chance to vote.
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