THE High Court yesterday ordered the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to release the provisional voters’ roll after a local civil society organisation approached the courts last month.
Zimbabwe’s general elections are on July 30.
Last month, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court, demanding a copy of the voters’ roll from Zec.
The ERC argued that Zec should release the copy in the spirit of promoting transparency and accountability in the management of electoral processes.
“The respondent is ordered to furnish the applicant with the Provisional Voters’ Roll which is used for the inspection exercise by the general public during the period that the same lay open for inspection in the period 19-29 May, 2018.
“The Provisional Voters’ Roll aforesaid shall be furnished to the applicant in printed or electronic form as the applicant may request, provided that the applicant pays the prescribed fee as provided for in s 21 (3) of the electoral Act, [Chapter 2:13] as amended,” the High Court ordered.
“The respondent shall furnish the applicant with the Provisional Voters’ Roll in the form it requests it within a reasonable period following payment of the prescribed fees.
For the avoidance of doubt, the reasonable period within which the respondent should furnish the applicant with the copy of the Provisional Voters’ Roll as per this order is hereby determined to be no more than five working days following payment of the prescribed fees.”
At the Nomination Court yesterday, incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa (76) filed his papers. His main rival Nelson Chamisa (40) also filed his nomination papers.
Mugabe resigned last November after he buckled to pressure following a military intervention.
The forthcoming elections have generated interest among Western governments and investors who have been invited to observe the polls for the first time since 2002.