ConCourt to rule on MDC-T petition 20 August 2013

via ConCourt to rule on MDC-T petition tomorrow | The Zimbabwean by Edgar Gweshe

Last week, the MDC-T withdrew its election petition on the grounds that they were not likely to get a fair hearing after High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, reserved judgement in a case in which the MDC-T was seeking a court order compelling the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to release election materials to allow them to adequately prepare their challenge.

The MDC-T was seeking to have the presidential election results declared null and void.

However, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku last week summoned Tsvangirai’s lawyers to today’s hearing despite the party having withdrawn.

Chidyausiku said that according to Section 93 of the Constitution,a case such as a presidential election petition should be brought to finality even if there is a withdrawal from some of the concerned parties.

Tsvangirai’s lawyer, Deepak Mehta, told the court today that he had no submissions to make as he had not been instructed to do so by his clients.

Addressing journalists after today’s hearing, MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, said: “We just came here because of our respect for the courts but our position is that we have withdrawn from this issue.”