Special vote ruling today

HARARE - High Court judge president George Chiweshe has ordered the Attorney General’s office to verify the number of police officers currently on the government payroll before he addresses a special voting impasse today.

Applicant Morgan Komichi, deputy national chairman of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC last Friday filed an application seeking to prevent a special vote by security and electoral officers, arguing figures on the police officers’ voters’ roll had been inflated.

The urgent chamber application cites Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), co-ministers of Home Affairs Theresa Makone and Kembo Mohadi, police chief Augustine Chihuri, finance minister Tendai Biti as respondents.

MDC lawyer Lewis Uriri yesterday said it was their wish to have names of police officers that participated in the special voting process struck off the roll that will be used on July 31.

“We were ready to argue, the Zec was ready to argue, but the police were not ready to argue because they had taken their instruction on the basis that there would be a consent order,” Uriri said.

“The critical aspect really, is the numbers and one of the orders that we are seeking is a declaration that the Zimbabwe Republic Police consists of not more than 44 113 officers and it’s one of the issues that have to be dealt with in respect of which the Attorney General needs to take instructions. For that reason, it was not possible to have the matter argued today (yesterday).”

He said the ruling was expected today.

Charles Nyika, Zec’s lawyer,  said the matter no longer lied with the electoral body, since the election process has already taken place but the issue was now about verification of numbers.

Komichi had argued in the court papers that the number of officers who applied to participate in the special voting exercise had been inflated.

He had asked the High Court to stop the special two-day vote, saying the 69 000 police officers who applied to vote on Sunday and Monday were way above the 44 113 officers shown on a ministry of Finance salary schedule for the whole country.

Komichi said Chihuri had refused to explain the disparities, despite MDC’s request.

Comments (12)

Did ZPF really think they could get away with such a childish act like inflating police numbers? They have sunken lower than the snake. Trying to find means of rigging the poll as usual. Manje mairasa. Tiri tose gore rino!

Joseph - 18 July 2013

Thus why this country is under curse its because we are ruled by hypocrites, liars, killers etc. We need to stop this by 31. .MDC T Ndizvo

nosmas - 18 July 2013

dont expect any justice with the current partisan setting the rulling will obviosly be in favour of defandant

murapa - 18 July 2013

The justice system in this country needs an overhaul. Now what if it is deemed wrong in court what happens to the votes? Why do the judges want to knwo what zanupf says first to pass judgement. Now that ZanuPF has seen that something went wrong they will tell the judges to say the special vote has to start afresh, so that those who voted can be intimidated for not following protocol if what we hear is correct. These ZanuPf judges must just go so that we have a credible judiciary, that which does not shut the door when the horse is gone. Van Sandura vakaenda kupi vakomana.

wamaromo - 18 July 2013

Guys we are wasting our time CHIWESHE the zanupf judge won't rule anything , now he asks TOMANA to verify the police on payroll yet he was told by the PAYMASTER - BITI the figure, seems funny everyone come out on 31 july.

EARTHQUAKE31JULY - 18 July 2013

It really is a very stupid situation - has no one heard of police reservists. - they are not on the payroll but still considered police officers. When you complain make sure you know what you are writing or talking about.

John Holland - 18 July 2013

He wants to be called Mugabe..... When he hates Zimbabwe..... His actual name is Matibhiri..... And he thought rocks hold pure dhiziri.... He would rather be in Singapore..... Than get treatment from home woo.... He rushes to Lesotho..... For parties too..... But deep down he knows..... Vanhu Havachada Mugabe&zanupf!!

Stop-a-Thief - 18 July 2013

Not being a lawyer perhaps the argument could simply be handled another way..those who voted whether policemen or not be removed from the common roll and lets get the show back on the road. Give this ZEC money and let them get on with their work. It would be more important for people to know how many of these 'police' are still to vote? Lets have in the public domain the number and their names. Of course it is important to know the full strength of the police and their reservists..

gutter poet - 18 July 2013

if zec cld nt provide enough voting material for the said 70000 special voters wat of 6000000.00.bsides wats goin to happen is strongholds areas of the real party are going to b starved of voting material nd rural areas kwevayavaya kwowanzwa voting papers.thats from a birds eye view.hope the authorities in the real party take note of this

mambozvifungawo here - 18 July 2013

So the whole Police Force is going to out at every Polling Station come July 31. And are they all registered to vote???

Zuruvi - 18 July 2013

Hahahahahahaha!!!!! seka zvako mwana wabhokande, can someone tell us many police reserves voted on the special vote in the last election??? that figure and the one for this year should not mismatch because there is nothing out of the ordinary from this impending election. huuuuuh!!!!

Topera - 19 July 2013

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