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Zimbabwe Citizens File Court Applications to Delay Elections

A Harare man Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking to delay elections the Constitutional Court says should be held by July 31.

In his application filed by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Nixon Nyikadzino, a programmes manager at Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said if elections were held on or before 31 July as ordered by the court, his constitutional rights would most likely have been violated.

He said there was not enough time between now and July 31 for essential electoral processes such as voter inspection and registration to have been concluded, including the constitutional court to announce participants in the election.

The president, the prime minister and 11 others, including cabinet ministers and the Attorney General, are cited as respondents in Nyikadzino’s application.

A Bulawayo woman of Malawian origin, Maria Phiri, on Friday filed a Supreme Court application seeking to delay the elections.

She said the new constitution has allowed so-called aliens to register as voters but added there was not enough time between now and July 31 for extensive voter registration.

Nyikadzino’s lawyer Tarisai Mutangi of Dube, Manikai and Hwacha said their client was not seeking to overturn the constitutional court’s ruling.

“It’s not an appeal. It is an application which stands on its own legs which seeks relief different from the earlier judgement,” he said.
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