Number of officers questioned


PRIME MINISTER Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T on Friday approached the High Court in Harare seeking to bar early voting by police officers arguing that the number of officers announced to vote was grossly inflated.


Advocate Harrison Nkomo, representing the party, yesterday confirmed that he had filed the application on Friday afternoon.

“Yes, it’s true that we filed the application on an urgent basis,” he said. “However, the unfortunate part is that the matter is going to be heard on Monday, when the voting process would already be underway.”

The party argues that the 69 000 police officers set to cast their ballots today and tomorrow far exceeds the 44 133 shown on a Finance ministry salary schedule.

The MDC-T wants the court to stop the polling, or to only allow those on the official salary roll to be allowed to vote.

There have been a flurry of court challenges, with the MDC-T arguing that the playing field was uneven and heavily favoured President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF.

Elections are due to be held on July 31 and the MDC-T has tried, unsuccessfully, to have the polls delayed.