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  • Elections, vote recounts, and presidential results - Bill Watch 17/2008
    April 26, 2008

    Vote Recounts

    As at 4 pm today recounts in all four elections had been completed in the following constituencies:- Goromonzi West, Zvimba North, Mberengwa South, Chiredzi North, Zaka West Gutu Central, Gutu North, Gutu South, Buhera South, Lupane East, Gokwe-Kabuyuni, Chimanimani West, Mutare West, Bulilima East, Zhombe, Mberengwa East, Mberengwa South, Mberengwa North

    Recounting so far has produced some insignificant differences in vote counts, but has confirmed all originally declared winners.

    Recounting near completion in 5 Remaining Constituencies

    The remaining constituencies are:- Masvingo Central, Masvingo West, Bikita West, Bikita South, Silobela

    The Chairman of ZEC [Judge Chiweshe] has informed us that recounting in these constituencies will finish late today or at the latest tomorrow, Sunday.

    Finalisation of Presidential Election Result

    Judge Chiweshe has announced that the final collation of the Presidential election results will start on Monday.

    Once recounts have been completed and all the figures have been received, the Chief Elections Officer will amalgamate the figures for the 23 recounted constituencies with the counts for all the other constituencies. As soon as this is complete - by Monday 28th or more likely Tuesday the 29th April - the Chief Elections Officer will invite all four Presidential candidates or their agents, together with observers, for the process of final verification of results.

    Judge Chiweshe suggested that the procedure followed would be that the candidates would bring their own figures and if there was agreement with the ZEC figures, the announcement of the final result would be that day. If there were material discrepancies, however, ZEC would have to go back into their computations to resolve them, and the announcement may take longer.

    Council Election Results

    The results have not been yet published in the press [as required by the Electoral Act] because the final figures from the wards in the 23 recounted constituencies are not yet in. ZEC have said that they will be published by the end of next week.

    Election Related Court Cases


    There are three by-elections still to take place for the House of Assembly for Pelandaba-Mpopoma, Gwanda South and Redcliff. Voting was stopped in these constituencies because of deaths of candidates. Section 50 of the Electoral Act requires postponement of polling in the event of a candidate dying, to afford contesting parties an opportunity to choose replacement candidates. One of the candidates has made a High Court application for an order compelling the setting of a date for a by-election in his constituency.

    MDC challenge 60 House of Assembly seats

    The MDC has filed election petitions with the Electoral Court challenging the election results for 60 House of Assembly seats won by Zanu PF. [See Bill Watch 17]. The hearing of these petitions has not yet started.

    Constitutional Application to the Supreme Court

    Two unsuccessful aspirants to the Presidency, whose nomination papers were not accepted and whose appeals were rejected by the Electoral Court, have now appealed to the Supreme Court claiming that their constitutional rights have been violated. There has been no judgment yet.

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