16 July 2013

Zimbabwe: Court to Hear Case

Photo: Nehanda Radio
Police vote in Zimbabwe.

The High Court will tomorrow hear a case in which the MDC-T is challenging the number of police officers voting under the two-day special vote for officials who will be on duty during the harmonised elections on July 31.

Addressing journalists after meeting presiding judge Justice George Chiweshe yesterday in his chambers, lawyers representing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and MDC-T said the matter had been set down for tomorrow.

"There are certain consultations that are presently going on between ourselves and the legal practitioners representing the other parties," Advocate Lewis Uriri, who is representing the MDC-T, said. "The judge will hear us on Wednesday afternoon. The nature of the consultations is too sensitive for public consumption at this stage. That is all we wish to state."

Adv Uriri was speaking on behalf of Mr Charles Nyika who is representing ZEC and was present when he briefed the media on the case. Mr Nyika also attended the chamber hearing. According to their application, the MDC-T claimed that the number of voters for police officers was vastly inflated. The application filed on Friday is seeking the High Court to stop the special votes, alleging that the 69 000 police officers set to cast their ballots between Sunday and yesterday exceeded the 44 133 shown on a Ministry of Finance salary schedule for the force.

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