Jailed MDC-T “political prisoners” take ZEC to High Court demanding their right to vote

MDC-T activists Last Maengahama, Yvonne Musarurwa and Tungamirai Madzokere have approached the High Court asking it to compel the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to allow them to vote in the 2018 harmonised elections.

The three were convicted of the murder of Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Inspector Petros Mutedzi and sentenced to 20 years in prison each. The three regard themselves as “political prisoners” and are arguing that they were not convicted under the electoral law.

Part of their court papers read:

None of us have been convicted for an offence under the electoral law and there is no court order disqualifying us from registering as voters,

Our inquiries from those that have been in detention longer than us and through electoral periods have revealed that the voter registration exercise does not extend to those in prison.

This is because voter registration is done either at the voter registration offices, which are inaccessible to those in detention or through mobile voter registration programmes which never get to places of detention.

The three want ZEC to register them as voters and facilitate their participation on elections day. They are being represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)’s Jeremiah Bamu.

More: New Zimbabwe

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