Witness to testify on bribery, double voting in poll petition case

MDC-T losing Parliamentary candidate for Mt Pleasant Constituency, Jameson Timba, today told the Electoral Court that he intends to call a witness to testify on malpractices that characterised the July 31 polls which included bribery and bussing in of voters.

Jameson Timba
Jameson Timba

Giving his evidence before High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, Timba cited other irregularities such as busing in of police officers from various depots as well as off-roll voting.

Timba is contesting the results for Mt Pleasant which saw Zanu (PF’s) Jason Passade, winning the Parliamentary seat.

He filed his petition at the Electoral Court in August last year in which he is seeking an order to open ballot boxes for Mt Pleasant contending that there were a number of irregularities which led to his defeat.

Timba today expressed concern over the number of voters turned away on July 31 last year.

He bemoaned that a number of voters from Mt Pleasant Heights were turned away on the voting day and told to go and cast their votes in Mazowe, located in Mashonaland Central.

“One of my concerns is the number of people who were sent away on July 31. In terms of the polling stations that I visited, an average of 50 to 70 people were being sent away and these figures are based at the time that I visited.

“At the polling station in Mount Pleasant Heights, close to 150 people had been sent away. I am unable to give the specific number of the people turned away at the close of polling because such information is contained in the sealed ballots,” said Timba.

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