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100 MDC-T candidates to file court petitions
Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
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Over 100 losing
parliamentary candidates for the MDC-T will file petitions
challenging electoral results in their constituencies, a senior
party member said on Monday.
the party’s national organizing secretary confirmed that some
of their candidates have already filed their petitions while others
will be following suit in due course.
One of the candidates,
Ezra ‘Tshisa’ Sibanda told SW Radio Africa that there
are a lot of people from the Vungu constituency who are prepared
to ‘spill the beans’ in court.
people from the constituency who are prepared to testify in court
and explain exactly how they were used by Zanu-PF to rig the election,”
He added: “We
know the odds are stacked against us but we want to prove a point
and show the world that this election was rigged and that poor peasants
were used as part of the election rigging machinery by Zanu-PF.”
Itai Dzamara said it is wise for the MDC-T to go ahead with the
court challenges despite their leader withdrawing
his Presidential result challenge at the Constitutional Court.
morally it is correct for the MDC-T to challenge the fraudulent
results otherwise if they don’t Zanu-PF will simply declare
that they won freely and fairly,” Dzamara said.
He said it is
likely the candidates will face the same hurdles as the outgoing
premier Morgan Tsvangirai, who has failed to access the voting materials.
Since the election
on July 31st the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the Registrar-General’s
office have flatly refused to avail any documents for the MDC-T
to audit and inspect.
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