THE High Court will today hear the matter in which outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party seeks to compel the release of election material, which it says is key in its efforts to have President Robert Mugabe’s victory annulled.
High Court judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu will today hear two petitions by the MDC-T from 9am. A date is yet to be set by the Constitutional Court to hear arguments on why the July 31 poll should be set aside.
Tsvangirai is demanding that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commissions (ZEC) provide him with all voting material used in the elections to enable his party to get evidence to back its poll petition.
The outgoing Prime Minister and his MDC-T party claim the July 31 vote was fraudulent and should be declared invalid.
Independent local observers and Western countries have also questioned the credibility of the elections, but regional groupings, Sadc and the African Union were less critical, describing the election as “free and peaceful”.
MDC-T is demanding a forensic examination of the voters’ roll, ballots and voter registration.
The party has also appealed to the High Court to compel ZEC to produce copies of the voters’ roll and provide presidential election results for each constituency.
MDC-T also alleges that an Israeli company, Nikuv Projects International, was paid $10,5 million to manipulate the voters’ roll.
But Mugabe on Saturday, while addressing thousands of people at the Heroes’ Day commemorations in Harare, warned the MDC-T could be heading for further embarrassment in its quest to challenge the poll outcome at the courts.
In apparent reference to the court challenge Mugabe said: “We have heard they have gone to consult a witchdoctor. Beware, they could be embarking on a futile exercise that could backfire.”
The MDC-T has repeatedly accused the Judiciary of siding with Zanu PF.