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Election Court Case Peaceful Attempt to Resolve Political Crisis

Long voting queue in captured recently in Bulawayo
Outgoing Harare senator Obert Gutu of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai says court petitions seeking to challenge the outcome of the polls is one way of seeking a legal and democratic solution to Zimbabwe’s political crisis.

Mr. Gutu told VOA Studio 7 that even if some people in the MDC believe that going to the courts is a waste of time, “it is my view that this is one way of coming out with a non-violent resolution of the crisis following massive rigging by Zanu PF in the just-ended elections.”

The High Court on Wednesday reserved judgement on two election petitions filed by the MDC formation of outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai seeking to compel electoral authorities to avail July 31 election materials to aid the MDC leader’s court challenge.

Though Mr. Tsvangirai has said he has no confidence in the courts, the party says it has chosen to petition the courts as one possible remedy to present evidence it says will show beyond reasonable doubt that the elections where rigged.

But some critics say the odds are staked against Mr. Tsvangirai, especially as judges are appointed by President Mugabe.

For perspective VOA Studio 7 reporter Tatenda Gumbo spoke to National Constitutional Assembly spokesman Blessing Vava and former MDC-T’s Gutu.
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Gutu said in challenging the election results, his party will use multiple approaches to seek redress.