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    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

    February 19, 2013

    The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) on Tuesday 19 February 2013 filed an urgent chamber application in the High Court seeking an order interdicting the Zimbabwe Election Commission from conducting a referendum on the COPAC Draft Constitution scheduled for 16 March 2013.

    In the application, which was filed by prominent human rights lawyer Alec Muchadehama of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners, who is a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the NCA and its chairperson Lovemore Madhuku wants Proclamation No. 1 of 2013 issued on Friday 15 February 2013 as Statutory Instrument No. 19/2013 to be declared unlawful and ultra vires Section 3 of the Referendum Act Chapter 2:10.

    The constitutional reform body also wants the High Court to set aside the proclamation issued by President Robert Mugabe gazetting 16 March 2013 as the date for the referendum.

    Besides ZEC and President Mugabe, the NCA also cited Justice and Legal Affairs Minister, Patrick Chinamasa and the Director in the Attorney General's Civil Division.

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