MDC-T withdraws poll petitions

MDC-T has withdrawn its electoral challenge in protest after the party was denied access to essential voting materials.

A highly placed source within MDC-T said the withdrawal of the court petitions in which they were seeking to have the July 31 poll results nullified was forced by the recent Electoral Court decision to reserve judgement on whether the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should avail the evidence the party wanted to use in its challenge or not.

TheZEC Chief Elections Officer, Lovemore Sekeramayi, Registrar General of Voters, Tobaiwa Mudede, and Mugabe were cited as the first, second and third respondent in the petition filed by MorganTsvangirai.

The MDC wanted ZEC to avail presidential results per constituency. Other election materials Tsvangirai wanted produced were copies of the voters' roll used in all polling stations and copies of the voters' roll used in the special vote conducted on July 14 and 15.

In his founding affidavit, Tsvangirai said he wanted to be provided with a register of assisted voters at all polling stations in the election, copies of the voters' roll used in postal voting delimited by ward and constituency and copies of the electronic voters roll as at July 31 2013.

It also wanted ZEC to avail a register of voters whose names did not appear in the voters' roll but were allowed to vote using voter registration slips, the register of authorised postal and special voters and contents of the closed and sealed ballot boxes and sealed packets delivered to the first respondent.

The petition was heard by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu on Wednesday and he reserved judgement on the matter.

Meanwhile, the President of the Zimbabwe Democracy Party, Kisnot Mukwazhe, on Friday said they were intending to file a fresh petition at the Constitutional Court to compel the inauguration of President Robert Mugabe within 48 hours.

The inauguration was expected to occur after the consummation of the MDC-T poll petitions. Mukwazhe said Zimbabwe had already chosen its leader and the “elections were done within the rules of the country”.

“The electoral roadmap was done with participation and consent of all the political parties in Zimbabwe,” he added.

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