Dabengwa set to drag Zec to court

HARARE - Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa plans to take the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to court for failing to furnish the party with a copy of the voters’ roll.

Dabengwa who contested in the just-ended elections where Zanu PF claimed a landslide victory, accused the electoral body and the Registrar General’s (RG) office institutions of conniving to deny him access to the voters’ roll.

The former Zanu PF politburo member approached Zec to get a copy of the voters’ roll but he was referred to Registrar General’s office which also failed to furnish him with the roll.

Tobaiwa Mudede’s office said they were experiencing technical difficulties with their machinery hence they could not make the voters’ roll available.

Dabengwa now says he will take Zec to court for violating the Electoral Act.

“I have not been given access to the voters’ roll as a candidate in the just ended elections and I have made several attempts to get both the hard and electronic copies but to no avail,” Dabengwa said.

The former Home Affairs minister said this was not the first time his party had been denied access to the voters’ roll.

“Our lawyers are handling the matter with a view of taking Zec to court should they continue to engage us in this cat and mouse game.  You will remember that during the referendum, we only got it after we threatened to approach the courts,” he said.

Zapu said the July 31 plebiscite was neither free, fair nor credible.

“Peaceful as it may seem, Zapu has noted that these elections were not free, fair and credible. Zapu has noted some irregularities and illegalities in the way these elections were held. It has also noted that the whole electoral process was flawed and as such the leadership and its legal advisers are working on challenging this outcome,” the political party said in a statement.

Other presidential candidates who lost to the 89-year-old Mugabe include outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube and they have all cried foul over failure by Zec to avail the voters’ roll to them in line with Section 21, Subsection 6(a) of the Electoral Act which states that: “Within a reasonable period of time after nomination day, the Commission shall provide free of charge, to every nominated candidate, one copy in electronic form, of the constituency voters’ roll to be used in the election for which the candidate has been nominated”.

Mugabe received 61 percent of the total votes cast while Tsvangirai, Ncube and Dabengwa polled 34.9 percent, 2.68 percent and 0.74 percent respectively.

Comments (20)

One would have expected Ncube as the highest priest of constitutional law in the land to beat both Tsvanmgirayi and Dabengwa here..Many hoped he would be their warrior here since it was in his celebrated dominion. Right or wrong people expected better than what came out and the funerals everywhere are proof of this. Please find below a verse of the election date called: JULY 31ST BITTER COLD IT WAS Out of wet smelly holes in millions did we sick crawl// Mutlitudes out of disused gutters were forced roll?// Teeth clenching was bitter marrow sucking cold// Hair frozen, heart dark only hope fuelled many on// Verdict of vote suggests we journey back cruel bold// Last station left God's sacred law as above so below// Having hard travelled past fiery hell dare we back go?// Despair oversupplied endless by countless truckloads..

gutter poet - 11 August 2013

Either Nikuv or Mudede must be brought to court to explain what specific problems they facing with regards to providing an electronic voters roll.How does Mudede explain the vast amounts of money paid to this Computer Company if they cant provide operational and technical support for the system that they set up.A disk,floppy,dvd with back up files should not be expensive for a company that gets paid $100,000 a day unless Mudede is part of the Scam and defrauded the government.Mudede must be investigated for getting bribes.

Squarebasher - 11 August 2013

zanu imbwa dzavanhu

mbuya nehanda - 11 August 2013

That's the way to go, Comrade Dabengwa.

Benjamin Chitate - 11 August 2013

Comrade Dabengwa, you are now becoming relevant to the political question of Zimbabwe. Siyafuna madhodha sibili!

Go-for-it - 12 August 2013

Ncube the idiot is busy planning for the 2018 election that never will come. He is stupid and deserves to disappear into oblivion forevet. Weldone Dabengwa

Baiware - 12 August 2013

Ncube the idiot is busy planning for the 2018 election that never will come. He is stupid and deserves to disappear into oblivion forevet. Weldone Dabengwa

Baiware - 12 August 2013

True Ncube thinks suddenly we shall have a freer election in 2018. But his small brains are failing to comprehend that the artificially all powerful Zanu pf is going to legally ensure that electoral conditions are as prohibitive as before through their stolen 2 thirds majority. Furthermore how on earth is he expecting us to live in the next 5 years

sakis - 12 August 2013

Ncubes project was simply to oversee that Tsvangirai doesn't get into power. To him the status quo is an achievement. He can afford to relax and declare the election free and fair

Temudzani - 12 August 2013

Dabengwa the former Home affairs Minister was probably the first politician to sense rigging in progress. Knowing elections are won through voters, he stubbornly demanded the Voters roll from months ago whilst Tsvangirais Makone was busy sleeping on the job. Honestly how can Mdede rig at such alarming proportions when an mdc person is a co-minister in home affairs???????? She should resign and forget about politics altogether

Billcrest - 12 August 2013

These opposition men should team up and go to Sadc next week with one voice whether invited or not. We cant tolerate this nonsense. Hatidi Hondo muno

Namibia express - 12 August 2013

Where is Ncube guys. Honestly how can Zpf win the whole of Mat South. This election was a farce

AMurewa - 12 August 2013

Where is Ncube guys. Honestly how can Zpf win the whole of Mat South. This election was a farce

AMurewa - 12 August 2013

So far Tsvangirai, Simba Makoni and Dabengwa have vowed to contest the rigged election. Ncube on the other hand hopes by 2018 all disenfranchised million names will be back miraculously on the voters roll. He also hopes millions will suddenly be allowed to register and lastly Zpf would have repented from their evil rigging ways with their two-thirds majority. Hahaha. Wishful thinking. Honestly whats wrong with professors in this country?

Suspenz - 12 August 2013

Prof W Ncube is a realist he knows will not change the outcome. The constitutional court will sit and deliberate, note some discrepencies and at the end announces were not enough to reverse the results. The learned Prof and most Zimbabweans know this. As for Dabengwa and Makoni, they should know better since they were party of the ZANU(PF) machinery. As for ex-PM Tsvangirai, he is a political upstart who is being used by western countries and Botswana a US lackey.

Robison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 12 August 2013

Prof W Ncube is a realist he knows any complaint to the constitutional court will not change the outcome. The constitutional court will sit and deliberate, note some discrepencies and at the end announces these were not enough to reverse the results. The learned Prof and most Zimbabweans know this. As for Dabengwa and Makoni, they should know better since they were part of the ZANU(PF) machinery. As for ex-PM Tsvangirai, he should be pitied as he is a political upstart who is being used by western countries and Botswana a US lackey.

Robison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 12 August 2013

This is just academic- what would Ncube do if the court ordered a rerun..I mean would he contest?

gutter poet - 12 August 2013

With 0.76% Dabengwa should just pack it in. He is a total failure in politics. The voters don't know who Dabengwa is. It must have been only members of his immediate family who voted for him. 0.76%!

Chin - 12 August 2013

handei mberi avo varume vanonetseka nebodhe huya mundione http://www.profnkata.com

Prof Nkata - 12 August 2013

Zimbabwean professors and so called doctors are fools. They are leaned but don't have wisdom. viva Tsvangirai don't get tired till we reach Canaan. we are there to support u. Dabengwa that's good that's the type of people we want in Zimbabwe. Team up with Makoni and Tsvangirai to expose the cruelty\ hypocrisy of Zanu pf.

Mukuru - 13 August 2013

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