ZEC Right On Not Issuing Voters’ Roll With Photographs: High Court

High Court judge Justice Happias Zhou ruled that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is right on not issuing a voters’ roll with photographs to political parties or any member of public, and the electoral body cannot be compelled to do otherwise.

Justice Zhou’s ruling follows a petition by Ms Ethel Tsitsi Mpezeni, seeking an order barring ZEC from releasing a voters’ roll bearing registered voters’ pictures. The petition prompted opposition political parties and activists who comprised MDC-Alliance, Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe, People’s Democratic Party, Coalition for Democrats, National Constitutional Assembly, Ms Theresa Manase, Pastor Evan Mawarire, Mr Harrison Nkomo, Mr Jeremiah Bamu, Mr Douglas Coltart and Mr Warship Dumba to combine and file a joinder application. They argued that they will be completely prejudiced by the order Mpezeni sought saying it would have a negative result on the credibility of the July 30 harmonised elections.

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Justice Zhou ruled that Ms Mpezeni’s fears that the provision of a photograph will enable criminals to clone national identity documents were properly founded to warrant the court to grant the relief she sought. Said Justice Zhou:

There is no reason why publication of the photograph should be allowed to people without a legitimate reason to have it. Granting of the interdict does not irreparably prejudice the respondents.

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Happias Zhou is a Zimbabwean lawyer and a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe. He was appointed by President Robert Mugabe in 2012. Justice Zhou was sworn in on the 2nd of May 2012, by President Robert Mugabe himself at State House at a... Read More About Happias Zhou

Harrison Nkomo is a Zimbabwean lawyer. He gained public attention when he represented Evan Mawarire in July 2016. Nkomo also represented war veteran Douglas Mahiya who was charged with insulting or undermining the authority of the president. in February 2017, Nkomo resumed his role as... Read More About Harrison Nkomo

The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) is a Zimbabwean political party headed by lawyer and activist Lovemore Madhuku. The NCA was formed in 1997 as a political non-governmental organisation pushing for constitutional reforms. In September 2013, after the adoption of a new Constitution in Zimbabwwe that... Read More About National Constitutional Assembly

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