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Zimbabwe Supreme Court Says Expatriates Cannot Vote in Elections

Zimbabwe's Supreme court has ruled that Zimbabweans living abroad cannot vote in the country's general and presidential elections.

The state-run Herald newspaper reports the Supreme Court Thursday rejected a petition from seven Zimbabwean citizens living in Britain.

The seven had contested a government ruling excluding them from participating in general elections later this month, saying the ruling violated their fundamental right to vote.

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku is quoted as saying the petition lacked merit.

The upcoming parliamentary vote is expected to come under international scrutiny after international observers said the 2002 presidential elections were not free and fair.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and theheraldonline.