Court orders early Harare City Council elevtions (4-07-07)

HARARE - A Harare High Court has ordered the municipal elections for the Harare City Council be held in no later than August.
Lawrence Chibwe, who was representing the Combined Harare Residents Association successfully argued that the local authority polls were due in August 2006 after the 2002 l

ocal authority poll.
The Zanu (PF) government postponed the poll last year ostensibly because it was still redrawing constituency boundaries.
Chibwe submitted that the next local elections were due in August 2006 and the Local government minister had no authority to postpone the poll for more than one year.
“In view of the first respondent’s admission that it was postponed, the holding of that election the next general election is due by not later than one year from the last date the August 2006 election was due. This means the next general election for the city of Harare is due by, not later than August 2007,” read the judgment.

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