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Zimbabwe Electoral Court Reserves Judgement in Dabengwa, ZEC Case

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Zimbabwe opposition party leader Dumiso Dabengwa.

Zimbabwe opposition party leader Dumiso Dabengwa.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Court on Monday reserved judgment in a case in which Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa is seeking enforcement in the implementation of the country’s electoral laws.

Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu did not give reasons for his decision to reserve judgement on applying constitutional provisions relating to the role of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in running the country’s polls.

In his Electoral Court application, Dabengwa cited the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Chief Elections Officer and the Minister of Justice Emmerson Mnangagwa as respondents.

He argued through his lawyers that ZEC has failed to comply with the new constitution by not registering voters, not compiling voters’ rolls and not providing copies of voters’ rolls to people who wanted the registers as required by the new constitution.

But ZEC argued that it did not have enough resources to carry out its duties.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesman, Kumbirai Mafunda told VOA Studio 7 that Dabengwa wants the old laws to be aligned with the country’s new constitution following moves by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to take over the country’s controversial voters’ roll from the Registrar-General’s Office.