Moyo withdraws poll petition

HARARE - Lovemore Moyo, the MDC national chairperson, has withdrawn his election petition contesting the results of the July 31 elections for Matobo North constituency, fearing he will not get a fair hearing.

Moyo was contesting the results at the Bulawayo High Court citing electoral fraud.

The former Speaker was defeated by Zanu PF’s Never Khanye in the Matobo North National Assembly seat.
Moyo polled 5 219 votes while  Khanye garnered 5 300 votes.

He filed a petition with the Electoral Court on August 15 last year in terms of Section 167 of the Electoral Act, Chapter 2:13.

Moyo was represented by Kucaca Phulu and had cited Khanye as the first respondent, the Matabeleland South provincial elections officer, Mark Dube as the second respondent and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) as the third respondent.

In his founding affidavit, Moyo had argued that the electoral process was marred by irregularities.

“On the morning of 30 July 2013, I received a call that our elections agent for Bhazha polling station who was manning the special vote ballot boxes had been ejected from the polling station by the presiding officer on the basis that her name was not on the consolidated elections agents list for the polling station,” he said in his court application.

“On the election day, election agents were refused entry into the polling stations in Silozwe, Induna Primary School, Gwandavale, Lukazi, Tohwe, Whitewater, Matopos, Bhazha and Minda Primary Schools even though election agents were there before the start of the vote at 7am.

“Given the fact that our agents were denied entry, there is a possibility of us having been prejudiced of a substantial number of votes.

“In terms of the law each candidate is entitled to have a polling agent representing him or her at the polling station during the conduct of the election.”

He argued all his polling agents were denied entry into the polling stations for over 12 hours, thereby disabling them from assessing the electoral process.

Commenting on his withdrawal, he said: “Zimbabwe is still far from holding democratic election that are not contestable, therefore it would be naive for anyone to believe that the system that rigged us some six months ago will give us a fair hearing and even in the event that there is a re-run of the election, it is about the environment we find ourselves which is not conducive for elections.

Comments (3)

Why not just say the truth that he couldn't proceed with the petition because the once generous donors have become stingy. Mari yekubhadhara magweta yakapera.

Ban'a - 21 January 2014

Lovemore Moyo u r a disgrace to the nation and Mdc-t and we were happy to c yo defeat.Coz he is the one who is fueling tribalism in Matabeland along side his cousin Abdnico Bhebhe and Brother Gordon Moyo secondly Mdc-t primary election was full of rigging engineered by Lovemore Moyo shona speaking candidates wre targeted and were eliminated by women reservations and it happens so.Advise to Lovemore Stop corruption coz wht goes around comes around and shonas are people like Ndebeles

@Byo - 21 January 2014

Youths next congress pa National Chairman lets vote for Solomon,Chebundo,Mai Mativenga or someone who is enegertic non tribal kana zvichiita Simba Makoni coz ths election Lovemoe Moyo and Nelson Chamisa slept on duty.Resaevation and primary rigging cozed vote aparthy in Mutare and Masvingo ths place l have mantioned very few youths r noew interested twith chinja coz everythng is reserved for women or big fish.Lovemore and you Sister tribalism you r persuing is coming to an end 2016 time for real cadres nt snakes

youths - 21 January 2014

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