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Vote challenge postponed to Wednesday
July 15, 2013
We are getting
reports that Justice George Chiweshe has postponed to Wednesday,
the date on which he will hear the court application to stop the
voting for members of the uniformed forces in Zimbabwe. This
is despite the special voting itself ending today (Monday). George
MDC-T Secretary General Tendai Biti who is also the Finance Minister
in the coalition
government “figures show that 69 000 police officers applied
for special voting when the country only has about 40 000 police
I can tell you we are not paying 69 000 police officers, it is almost
double those on the country’s payroll which is something questionable.
The special voting vetting exercise is taking place at the Harare
International Conference Centre and the place is heavily militarised,”
MDC-T deputy national chairman, said in his court application the
number of officers casting their ballot has been vastly inflated,
yet the case was initially set down for hearing by Chiweshe - who
ran the 2008 vote - for Monday, a day after the special vote had
But now with
the case set for Wednesday it is now just academic.
cites Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) as the first respondent,
co-ministers of Home Affairs Theresa Makone and Kembo Mohadi as
second respondents, police chief Augustine Chihuri and the police
force as third respondents and Finance minister Tendai Biti as the
In 2008, Chiweshe
was the head of the discredited Electoral Commission that withheld
presidential election results for weeks, amid reports the period
was used to manipulate and massage the figures that denied Morgan
Tsvangirai an outright victory over a shocked Mugabe.
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