Court orders Zec to release voters’ roll

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HARARE – High Court judge Joseph Mafusire has ordered the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to furnish Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party with a hard copy of the voters’ roll by 12pm today.

MDC secretary general Tendai Biti had filed an urgent court application demanding an electronic voters’ roll in line with the Electoral Act.

Biti cited Zec and Registrar of Voters Tobaiwa Mudede as respondents. He said despite numerous and persistent demands, they had been denied access to the voters’ roll.

In the application, filed by MDC lawyers Tonderai Bhatasara and Tawanda Zhuwarara, Biti said his party’s access to the voters’ roll was critical and indispensable for it to be able to verify the outcome of the elections.

“Without access to the voters’ roll there is no way a credible election can be conducted,” Biti said.

However, Zec told the court that its system had developed a technical fault, which rendered it unable to provide the MDC with an electronic voters’ roll.

Bhatasara yesterday told the Daily News that Zec was to provide with an electronic voters’ roll to MDC once its system was fixed.

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