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High Court Ready for Tsvangirai Election Petition Hearing

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High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu will on Wednesday hear two petitions filed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai seeking to compel the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to produce certain information and materials relating to the conduct of the July 31 election.

The material and information is critical to the presidential petition filed by Mr. Tsvangirai on Friday. The presidential election petition has not been set down yet.

In the applications to be heard Wednesday, Mr. Tsvangirai wants ZEC to be compelled to provide him with the specific number of spoilt ballots that were cast in the presidential election per constituency, the number of assisted voters and the specific number of voters who were turned away on polling day.

In the second application, Mr. Tsvangirai is requesting for 14 different election items, including full presidential results per constituency, copies of the voters' roll used in all polling stations, copies of voters' roll used in the special voting process on July 14 and 15, the register of those who managed to cast their vote in the special voting process, among other things.

Director Pedzisayi Ruhanya of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute said it will be difficult for Mr. Tsvangirai to get the materials from ZEC through the judiciary system.