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ZEC in contempt of court
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
In the just
ended fraudulent election the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)
refused to implement a High Court order compelling it to accept
Christopher Chigwande the MDC candidate for Ward 12 in Mt Darwin
East whom they had denied to file his nomination papers, falsely
claiming that his papers were not in order.
Christopher Chigwande then approached the High Court on 8 July 2013
and lodged his appeal against ZEC’s decision before Justice
Zhou. After going through the appellant’s case in Case No:
EC15/13 Justice Zhou duly granted Chigwande the right to contest
and ordered ZEC to accept his nomination papers and to duly register
him as a candidate for Ward 12 in Mt Darwin East.
July 2013, the day of voting, Chigwande’s name was missing
on the ballot paper. This allowed the Zanu-PF candidate to win uncontested
for the position of councillor in the ward. Despite having launched
a complaint on the matter with ZEC, the electoral body has not been
cooperative. It is our considered assertion that ZEC must be held
in contempt of court for failing to comply with the High Court order.
behaviour raises serious questions on the credibility of the electoral
body particularly its impartiality in the handling of the just ended
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