Mount Pleasant ballot opening case back to court

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.

 

COMMENTS

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    So what has the ZEC got to hide, it was their process under their control, it should all be totally above board, shouldn’t it?

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    Mumaballot boxes muzere imvidzechembere bere rakadya munhu.

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    aaaah , kuvhunduka chati kwata hunge une katuruke !!!!! the naked truth is that these ballot boxes were kept at a military base (KG6) for so long what guarantee do we have that they were not tempered with ? if there was ballot box stuffing what will the courts say ? the numbers should tally if not it becomes null and void. ZEC is aware of this fact.

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    Jenandebvu 8 years ago

    Zec must quickly go and open, forge mdc observer signatures, tally again and seal, thought they hv control of the custody of boxes. Nikuv did not give the full lecture

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    Sekuru Mapenga 8 years ago

    What are the reasons that ZEC advanced for their opposition to the opening of the ballot boxes? Does not the constitution allow for such electoral challenges? Why is the agreement and order to open the ballot boxes “no longer tenable”? Is the ZEC impartial?

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    Zec ………u are the culprits of all this mess……u hv denied pple’s freedom

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    Zvakwana 8 years ago

    There is no such thing as above board in zanu.

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    Bruce 8 years ago

    was there any confirmation that the ballot box was never opened. the CIO tempered with the evidence long ago. So Timba you wasting your effort and in a way dancing to Mugabe’s tune. the results will be used to prove not only the Mount Pleasant results that Zanu PF played free and fair, but nation wide. Mark my opinion, whi is a lie. your part has compiled a dossier, why you did you not just wait and see the receiption of the dossier world wide, the fight as one united front.

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    tafirenyika 8 years ago

    ZEC and Rita Makarau as a lawyer should not be scared of a process they administered but should openly show the public that there are no grey areas as the whole process was in the public domain and public interest.

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    Bruce 8 years ago

    was there any confirmation that the ballot box was never opened. the CIO tempered with the evidence long ago. So Timba you wasting your effort and in a way dancing to Mugabe’s tune. the results will be used to prove not only the Mount Pleasant results that Zanu PF played free and fair, but nation wide. Mark my opinion, whi is a lie. your party has compiled a dossier, why you did you not just wait and see the receiption of the dossier world wide, the fight as one united front.

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    Mjiba 8 years ago

    Hey you guys (zec) you claimed that elections were free and fair plus your hands are clean. So why are you wasting national resources by contesting the opening of those ballot boxes, after all they were and are still in your custody.
    Because of your actions, we are beginning to smell a rat in your palms and it now explains why even if millions of people are starving, the new government so it fit ignoring these malnourished masses and “bless” you with fat packages (brand new SUVs and MECs plus mansion houses.
    Makarau, Tobaiwa and your teams, don’t push the people of our mother land Zimbabwe to the extreme. Hamuna kuenda kuhondo mega mhani, simba rehove ririmumvura. We fed (to the last hen) and provided information kunana mukoma. Tizere nevazukuru, vana vehandzvadzi vakamitiswa nanamukoma vacho tikavarera tisisina chouviri. We got OUR independence in 1980 all economic resources belongs to you. You share to yourself telling me that I don’t qualify since I am not in the security forces plus handina kunobata pfuti munguva yehondo. Sadza rangu nezvipfuyo zvangu zvamakadya mukainda kutoilet nevana venyu vandakarera kwete izvozvo zvoga, zvese izvozvo hazvisina basa. 33years down the line, you are persecuting us even more than the colonialists, sucking my blood seinda inoruma akaitakura? Why? why? why???????

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    ZEC surprising me a lot. Why opposing when you were stopped in your tracks trying to do a recount in two constituencies without a court order. Now that a court order is there you are opposing it.

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    Dzvondo 8 years ago

    Zimbabweans you are all missing the plot.
    Here is the plot :
    1.Chinembiri Bhunu instructed by Executive and ZEC to pronounce opening of ballot boxes in the high court judgment for Mt Pleasant as a way of proving they were not rigged.
    2. Before then a serious CLEAN SWEEP was happening behind the scenes. ZEC, CIO ,Nikuv were forging everything so that it would tally with the announced results and pulling out those ghost voters replacing them with properly registered voters who did not vote (like diasporans).
    3.After the doctoring is complete ZEC is advised to challenge the opening of the ballot boxes ..(Thats just a smokescreen..crocodile-perfomance )
    4. Now here is what will happen , ZEC will lose their case (and people will think aaaah here is an impartial bench)
    5.Mt Pleasant ballot boxes will be opened
    6.Nothing amiss obviously as everything has already been cleaned up .
    7.Mnt Pleasant will then form the basis of throwing away all such court cases and in the process Mt Pleasant will ENDORSE ELECTORAL THEFT.
    8.The danger Mt Pleasant is psoing is that it is a cleaned up prototype which will endorse this scam of an Election. MDC-T does not seem to be aware of this but mark my words this is how it will all turn up. ZEC, ZANU PF , NIKUV have had ample time since 31 July to clean up their mess and use one centre as a test case to “show they won fairly”..which we all know is a LIE. They stole the election and history will record this theft for posterity

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    Chirandu Chegono 8 years ago

    Dzvondo you are spot on. In whose custody were these ballot boxes. This is indeed a smoke screen. You are dealing with an axis of evil, ZEC, Judiciary, Registrar General.

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    Jackson Magaya 8 years ago

    Dzvondo: This is definitiley so Dzvondo. Also remember the partisan Jugde bhunu is also fighting to restore his own credibility. When MDC withdrew their election challenge case, they did point out of doubts in their case receiving a fair trial due to the partisan judiciary system in the country. Feeling ashamed and irked by the MDC move,what does zanu pf and bhunu decide to do – they decide that although MDC has withdrawn, the case must be tried irregardless of it having been withdrawn.This move indeed showed glaringly, beyond any doubt that the judiciary was partisan.

    They again realised this. So they on one hand want to give a false pretence that the judiciary is non partisan and on the other hand,to falsify that the election was not rigged.

    So you are right Dzvondo, there is a clean up operation behind the scene by cio,the military, nikuv etc. The boxes are being guarded by them same people who led and executed the rigging.

    I just hope MDC is reading into these shenanigans and many others, including the false pretext that jonathan moyo is building a non partisan media. The idea is to create false impression to the public that the public media has reformed. Then towards the elections in 2018 they start churning the same proganda again which the unsophisticated ones will believe to be true.