Tsvangirai poll challenge hearing today

HARARE - High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu will today hear two applications filed by outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, requesting materials and information that he intends to use in contesting results of harmonised elections.

Tsvangirai has rejected the election result, which saw President Robert Mugabe winning by 61, 09 percent, while he got 33, 94 percent.

The MDC leader has since filed a Constitutional Court application, seeking to nullify the result - putting Mugabe’s inauguration on hold.

According to court papers, Tsvangirai is seeking the country’s top court to order fresh elections within 60 days.

To boost his case, Tsvangirai made an application to the Electoral Court, seeking permission to get access to some materials and information from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec).

“I am aggrieved by the outcome of that election and am challenging the outcome of that election in the Constitutional Court,” Tsvangirai said. “For the purposes of preparing and filing my election petition, I intend to study and analyse the election material used in the election to partly support my contention that the election conducted on 31 July 2013 produced an undue return.”

In the application, he told the court that he believes that the voting process was manipulated, citing the July 14 and 15 special voting – a two-day special voting exercise that was reserved for security forces.

“The ink used in the election could easily be washed off and hence creating the real risk and possibility that those who voted on 14 and 15 July 2013 may have been allowed to vote again on 31 July 2013,” the application says.

“The reports which I have received from election agents, point out to several irregularities, most of which need to be backed by empirical data obtained from this material.”

Among some of the materials and information Tsvangirai is demanding are full presidential results per constituency, copies of the voters’ roll used in all polling stations, a register of all those who were authorised to vote but did not manage to vote on July 14 and 15 and the reasons for such failure.

Meanwhile, High Court Judge Joseph Mafusire will also hear defeated MDC Mt Pleasant National Assembly candidate Jameson Timba’s court application, in which he is challenging the election result.

Timba lost to Zanu PF’s Jason Passade but he is alleging the process was rigged and is pushing for a review of the election.

Comments (2)

I believe MDC T won the election and I can write a book about my conclusion. For those that do not know, all the data requested by MDC T is already available through the collating process (adding the polling station figures into the ward, then the ward totals make a constituency total right up to the national total). In other words you can't have the national figure without the breakdown as requested by MDC T. Zimbabweans should also know that the Electoral Act requires that the election be free, fair, transparent and verifiable. Until the information is provided then there is nothing transparent and the results cannot be verified. So the request is noble, feasible and comes at no additional compilation cost as explained above. Having said that the question is why ZEC has not released this information two weeks after the request? Why were Zimbabweans frog marched and ambushed (rushed) to this election by ZPF and its machinery (mudede, ZEC, judiciary, chinamasa, Nikuv, etc)? Why the constitution was violated left right and centre? Why numerous sections of the Electoral Act, Broadcasting Act, Presidential Powers among others were violated and abused? Why was it rushed, why were millions denied their rights to vote (both at registration and voting stages)? Now that thousands were denied chance to vote why is ZEC not petitioning the concourt to allow these to vote? What are they hiding by withdrawing this basic information? ZPF knows it did not win and so is every level headed person. For once think about it my fellow Zimbabwean as you seek answers to the questions above.

Simon - 15 August 2013

Dankie Simon Mtaka baba, i hope those hot heads who want to gain everything for nothing will see this, And hope this stupid MDC leader can do something rather than jus Loaf and be a toothles lion

Mfana Ka Sobhuku... - 16 August 2013

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