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vote recounts, and presidential results - Bill Watch 17/2008
April 26, 2008
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
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,
The Chairman of ZEC [Judge
Chiweshe] has informed us that recounting in these constituencies
will finish late today or at the latest tomorrow, Sunday.
of Presidential Election Result
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
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.
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.
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.
Application to the Supreme Court
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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