Back to Index
This article participates on the following special index pages:
Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
petition Mudede to withdraw voters’ roll application and seek
to overturn ban on election debates
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
July 18, 2013
lawyers have delivered a formal notification and warning for Tobaiwa
Tonneth Mudede, the Registrar-General of Voters to withdraw his
urgent chamber application filed in the High Court on Wednesday
and Advocacy Unit (RAU) from launching an audit
of the country’s roll of registered voters as it was premised
on erroneous understanding of facts.
Mudede on Wednesday
17 July 2013 obtained an interim order interdicting RAU from launching
“a full voters’ roll” at Crowne Plaza Monomotapa
Hotel in Harare or at any other place.
In a letter
written and delivered to Mudede’s lawyers, Thondlanga and
Associates Legal Practitioners, RAU lawyers, Jeremiah Bamu and Tawanda
Zhuwarara of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said Mudede’s
application and subsequent provisional order, which he obtained
from High Court Judge Justice Joseph Mafusire were based on a factual
stated that Mudede’s lawyers were furnished with the correct
facts and a demand was made for the withdrawal of their matter.
The RAU lawyers
said in the event that the matter is not withdrawn by Wednesday,
they will file their opposing papers.
said Mudede had relied on an erroneous appreciation of facts which
he never bothered to cross check with RAU. Bamu and Zhuwarara said
had Mudede bothered to do so, there would have been no need for
the application to be filed or served.
RAU, the lawyers
said intended to launch its second report on an audit of the June
2013 Voters’ Roll, which expands on a previous RAU report
and provides a more detailed analysis of the roll and corrects a
number of minor errors. RAU’s first report
was launched and shared with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission,
the lawful custodians of the voters’ roll who made their comments
to the report.
from ZLHR have filed ex-parte applications at the Tredgold Magistrates
Court in Bulawayo, seeking to overturn the ban imposed by the Zimbabwe
Republic Police (ZRP) on the holding of election debates in Midlands,
Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North.
The ZRP blocked
six election debates organised by Bulawayo Agenda in Gweru, Plumtree,
Tsholotsho and Lupane. The meetings, which were supposed to be held
beginning early this week and up to next week, are meant to facilitate
interface between various political party candidates running for
parliamentary office from across the political divide and the public
so as to
promote citizen participation in elections.
The police told
the organisers of the election debates that they were only allowing
political parties to conduct their campaigns during the three weeks
period leading to the harmonised elections as they do not have enough
manpower to ensure public order at civic society meetings.
Visit the ZLHR
Please credit www.kubatana.net if you make use of material from this website.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.