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Court orders elections by end of July - Bill Watch 18/2013
May 31, 2013
Court Orders Elections by End of July
down this afternoon, 31st May by Chief Justice Chidyausiku on behalf
of the new Constitutional Court in the case brought by Jealously
Mawarire, a private citizen, a registered voter and a member of
the Centre for Election Democracy in Southern Africa. His complaint
was that his constitutional rights to have elections before the
30th June had been violated by the failure to do so by the President.
judgment ended with the following order:
the first respondent [President Mugabe] is hereby ordered and directed
to proclaim as soon as possible a date(s) for the holding of Presidential
election, general election and elections for members of governing
bodies of local authorities in terms of section 58(1) of the Constitution
of Zimbabwe, which elections should take place by no later than
31 July 2013.”
agreed with the ruling, but there were two dissenting opinions by
Justice Bharat Patel and Justice Luke Malaba.
Judges sitting for the hearing on 24th May were:
Chidyausiku, Chief Justice, Hon Luke Malaba, Deputy Chief Justice,
and Justices Vernanda Ziyambi, Paddington Garwe, Anne-Marie Gowora,
Bharat Patel and Ben Hlatshwayo, Judge-President George Chiweshe
and Justice Antonia Guvava [Justices Chiweshe and Guvava are acting
judges of the Supreme Court].
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