Court orders ZEC to give MDC complete voters’ roll

THE High Court yesterday ordered the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to furnish the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai with a complete copy of the voters’ roll ahead of tomorrow’s elections.

Handing down judgement in an application by the MDC, Justice Tendayi Uchena said the ZEC should only release the roll upon payment by the opposition.
The MDC approached the High Court to compel the ZEC to release the roll. It also wanted to know the composition of the national command centre and the number of polling agents allowed inside polling stations.
Uchena ruled that the ZEC should release the voters’ roll but dismissed the other issues raised in the MDC application saying they had been overtaken by events.
The ZEC has since announced that there will be no command centre, but a national collation centre and all contesting parties would be invited to send polling agents.
The commission also assented to the opposition’s demands that there be four polling agents from each party at every polling station.
Uchena said the MDC application on these issues was justified, but he dismissed them because the ZEC made pronouncements before he could determine the case.
“The MDC’s quest for justice was justified and had genuine cause for concern,” Uchena said.
On the MDC’s application to be furnished with information on where ballot papers for the elections were printed and their quantity, Uchena said: “The ZEC should not be subject to the control of any person or body.”
He said the law did not provide for the MDC to have access to information regarding the printing of ballot papers.  — Staff Writer.