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Diaspora Vote Challenge: Constitutional Court To Deliver Judgement

The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) is expected to deliver its judgment on an application filed by three Zimbabweans challenging some restrictive provisions of the Electoral Act, which prevent Zimbabwean citizens living outside the country from participating in the country’s electoral processes. The judgement will be delivered at 09:30 am at Mashonganyika Building in Harare tomorrow (Wednesday 30 May 2018).

The Full Bench of the ConCourt led by Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza had reserved judgment on Wednesday 14 March 2018 after hearing arguments from the applicants’ lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu instructed by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and Vernanda Munyoro, who was representing the State.

 The applicants want section 23(3) of the Electoral Act, which prohibits any Zimbabwean citizen, who would have been living outside the country for over 12 months, to participate in the country’s electoral processes, to be amended. 

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