via Voters’ roll watch | The Zimbabwean 2 July 2014
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has responded to a High Court application by a constitutional lawyer, Justice Mavedzenge, who wants it to publicise the voters’ roll. ZEC said Mavedzenge approached the wrong court.
“They are arguing that the High Court has no jurisdiction to hear my matter. Instead, ZEC says that the matter should go to the Electoral Court,” said Mavedzenge.
Despite that, Mavedzenge, at the time of going to print, was finalising a summary of his arguments in response to ZEC. He is insisting that the matter is not entirely an election issue, but heavily weighs on his rights as a Zimbabwean citizen.
“As precedents show, the High Court has jurisdiction to deal with human rights issues and must therefore hear my case,” added Mavedzenge.
He added: “This is an important matter as it seeks to ensure that a government department adopts and upholds a culture of accountability.
The voters’ roll is a public document that I and other citizens must have access to.”
Mavedzenge recently applied to the High Court to force ZEC to publicly avail the electronic voters’ roll, which the commission has kept under wraps, claiming that its machines have broken down.