The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) approached the court yesterday requesting Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to furnish it with every copy of the voters’ roll before Nomination Court proceedings began today.
The matter had not yet been set down for hearing by the time the Nomination Court sat in the morning.
NCA cited ZEC and the elections management body’s chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba as respondents in the application.
“ZEC’s conduct in failing to avail copies of the voters’ roll contravenes section 21(4) of the Electoral Act, section 155(2) of the Constitution and section 67(3)(b) of the Constitution,
which among others entitles the NCA to have all material and information necessary for the opposition political party to participate in elections,” NCA said in the application.
The NCA argued that it could only ascertain the status of its candidates and those nominating them from an inspection of the voters’ roll once the latter had been furnished to the opposition political party.
Through its lawyers from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), the NCA also said
it intends to field some candidates to contest the forthcoming 2018 general elections in all constituencies and for that reason the candidates to be selected, need to be nominated by some registered voters as required by the Electoral Act.
The NCA, also said, in terms of section 21(4) of the Electoral Act, it is entitled to have access to a copy of every voters’ roll to be used in the election, either in printed form or in electronic form.
The NCA then argued that there is no reasonable excuse for the electoral body to justify
its failure to provide the voters’ roll since voter registration exercise ended on June 1, 2018.