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Court Reserves Judgement on Tsvangirai MDC Election Petition

The High Court is currently hearing election petitions filed by the Movement for Democratic Change formation of outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai seeking to compel electoral authorities to produce some information and material relating to the conduct of the July 31 election.

Justice Chinembiri Bhunu is presiding over the matter which was initially set for hearing at 9.30 am but later postponed to 11.30 am before a further postponement to 2.30 pm was announced.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Chief Elections Officer, Lovemore Sekeramayi, Registrar General of Voters, Tobaiwa Mudede, and Zanu PF’s Robert Mugabe are cited as the first, second and third respondent.

The MDC wants ZEC to avail presidential results per constituency, copies of the voters’ roll used in all polling stations and copies of the voters’ roll used in the special vote conducted on July 14 and 15.

It also wants to be provided with a register of assisted voters at all polling stations in the election, copies of the voters’ roll used in postal voting delimited by ward and constituency, copies of the electronic voters roll as at July 31 2013 and the register of voters whose names did not appear in the voters’ roll but were allowed to vote using voter registration slips.

The party is further demanding a register of authorised postal and special voters and contents of the closed and sealed ballot boxes and sealed packets delivered to the first respondent.

Judgement was reserved on the election petition while the challenge on the outcome of the general election will be heard Saturday.