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  • Election Resource Centre set to appear in court on Wednesday, 16 October 2013
    Election Resource Centre
    October 15, 2013

    The Election Resource Centre (ERC) will appear before a Harare Magistrate at Rotten Raw Courts tomorrow at 0830 in Court 4. The organization and three volunteers are set to stand trial after initially appearing before the same court on the 2nd of October 2013, following summons issued in pursuance of alleged contravention of Section 40 (C) of the Electoral Act. The section deals with conducting voter education without authority from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

    The charge follows the arrest and subsequent detention for 2 nights of Farai Saungweme, Moses Chikora and Wadzanai Precious Nyakudya on the 11th of May 2013 in Borrowdale as they participated in a voter mobilization campaign popularly known as X1G. The initiative was aimed at raising awareness on the need for young people to participate in electoral processes.

    The ERC, which is being represented by its Director, Tawanda Chimhini and the trio, Farai Saungweme, Moses Chikora and Wadzanayi Precious Nyakudya, deny the charges. The trial has failed to start on two occasions owing to a number of reasons including the unavailability of state witnesses and the trial schedule of the Magistrate assigned to the case. The ERC together with the 3 accused persons are being Mr. Trust Maanda from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

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