via Mount Pleasant ballot opening case back to court | SW Radio Africa by Mthulisi Mathuthu November 4, 2013
A judge will on Wednesday decide yet again whether the ballot boxes for the Mount Pleasant constituency should be opened, after it emerged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) was opposed to their opening.
Only two weeks ago Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, sitting as a judge of the Electoral Court, ordered the opening of all ballot boxes and election materials for Mount Pleasant’s National Assembly election, held on 31st July.
The MDC-T candidate in the area, Jameson Timba, had approached the Electoral Court seeking the setting aside of the election result. Timba cited ‘several electoral malpractices and irregularities’.
Following the judgment Timba told his Facebook friends that the inspection of the ballot papers was scheduled to start October 31st and end this week.
But according to the MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora, lawyers to both parties have ‘agreed by consent’ to approach the court yet again after ZEC said it was opposed to the opening of the ballot boxes.
Mwonzora said ‘once the agreement and order that ballot boxes should be opened was no longer tenable’ both lawyers agreed to take the matter to court where a judge will decide yet again the way forward.
Two weeks ago Mwonzora told SW Radio Africa that the MDC-T views the opening of the ballot boxes as crucial in its bid to prove the illegitimacy of the election.
The Mount Pleasant result is one of many which the MDC-T is citing to support its argument that the election was marred by several irregularities which ensured ZANU P’s landslide victory.