FACTSHEET – Election Court Cases

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Priscilla Chigumba. The commission has been subjected to multiple lawsuits relating to Monday’s election 

The following are some of the court cases around elections:

  • Noah Mangondo, a parliamentary candidate for Murehwa South, and others filed an urgent court application on 24 July citing intimidation and threats to his supporters by his rival ZANU PF member Joel Matiza.
  • ZANU PF is suing Wilbert Mubaiwa and Oswell Ndumo Gwanzura independent candidates running for parliamentary seats for using the party slogans in their campaigns.
  • People’s Democratic Party (PDP) filed an urgent court application on 18 July pursuing an order to block ZEC from posting ballot papers for the presidential election to applicants that have applied for postal voting and to redesign the ballot paper.
  • Beatrice Mtetwa and Doug Coltart filed a case seeking an order that ZEC should be transparent on how they are going to run the election and disclosing who has been seconded to ZEC for the election.
  • MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe is suing MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa over the use of the party name and logo.
  • Timothy Mapfumo is suing ZANU PF (HC311/18) for allegedly plagiarising and implementing his election campaign concept without his consent.
  • Legal processes watchdog Veritas filed a case (HCC11749/17) against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the Attorney General over restrictions on voter education.
  • Abraham Mateta sued ZEC for not providing braille for visually impaired voters. The case was dismissed on 20 July indicating that ZEC was going to put in place measures that would ensure that the visually impaired will be catered for.
  • Amalgamated Rural Teacher’s Union (HC6451/18) filed a case seeking the authorization of voting by civil servants who are working as electoral offices. The High Court ruled on July 20 that civil servants who will be working as electoral officers should be given priority to vote and promptly return to work.
  • Veritas filed a court case (HC3584/2018) challenging the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the Attorney-General to enforce ZEC’s duty of transparency. The case was however dismissed on 20 July 2018 by Justice Hungwe.
  • Chief Fortune Charumbira has appealed against a High Court order of May 9 2018 to publicly withdraw statements he made that traditional leaders would support the governing ZANU-PF party in the elections. Charumbira says his statements were misrepresented.
  • The Supreme Court overturned on July 27 a High Court judgment of July 16 2018 barring ZANU – PF from “forcing” students and teachers from attending political rallies, saying the ruling was misplaced because the accusation against ZANU PF by the Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) filed had not been proven.

Factsheet compiled by ZimFact team

 

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