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MDC asks Constitutional Court to stop all elections

The Morgan Tsvangirai faction of the Movement for Democratic Change has filed an application with the Constitutional Court to stop any elections, including the by-elections scheduled for March, until the Electoral Act is aligned with the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The party argues that any election before completing electoral reforms is unconstitutional. Nominations for by-elections in Mt Darwin West and Chirumanzu-Zibagwe closed on January 29. Nine candidates will be contesting the polls but the major opposition parties including all three factions of the MDC did not submit any nominations. MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, who is a lawyer, said the voters’ roll was still “fatally defective” and civil servants like the police must not be involved in the voting process, like in helping so-called illiterate voters.



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