Jonathan Moyo poll challenge dismissed

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MEDIA, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Professor Jonathan Moyo’s petition challenging the electoral victory of the MDC-T’s Roseline Nkomo for the Tsholotsho North seat in the July 31 parliamentary elections was thrown out by the Electoral Court sitting in Bulawayo yesterday and results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) upheld.

RICHARD MUPONDE

In a judgment read on his behalf by Justice Nokuthula Moyo, presiding judge Justice Martin Makonese said Moyo’s petition was fatally defective and was of no force or effect for want of compliance with rule (21) (e) and (5) of the Electoral Applications, Appeals and Petitions of 1995.

“The applicant’s petition is hereby dismissed with costs,” ruled Justice Makonese.

“Respondent Nkomo be and is hereby declared duly elected member of the National Assembly for the Tsholotsho North Constituency. The registrar be and is hereby directed to proceed in terms of Section 171(3) (a) (11) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2.13).”

Nkomo, her husband and Lobengula MP Samuel Sipepa Nkomo were in court when the judgment was read out with Jonathan Moyo being nowhere in sight.

Moyo, who is also a Zanu PF politburo member, had lodged a complaint with Zec soon after election results were announced in August last year seeking a recount of the votes citing numerous anomalies and subsequently filed a petition against the commission and Nkomo.

However, Moyo withdrew his petition against all other respondents and focused on challenging Nkomo’s victory.

The other respondents were Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau, chief elections officer Lovemore Sekeramayi, Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede, Tsholotsho district registrar Thandiwe Mlotshwa, district elections officer for Tsholotsho Ewan Zelebu Dube, constituency elections officer Sibongile Sayi and provincial elections officer for Matabeleland North Mark Ndlovu.

According to affidavits by Moyo’s polling agents that were attached to his petition, some presiding officers allegedly conducted the counting process in the absence of the polling agents.

Moyo alleged that there were a lot of irregularities in Wards One to Nine as well as Ward 21, and sought nullification or a rerun within 90 days from the day of determination by the Electoral Court.

However, Moyo was in August last year sworn in as a non-constituent MP and subsequently appointed Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services despite the petition.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Sorry Prof J. You can’t win all battles. Don’t be disappointed because you’re winning the against corrupt parastatal bosses. You’ve got my support on this one.

  2. More than likely a lame effort to give the impression that ZPF petitions challenging results of 2013 elections are also being dismissed. Alternatively could it be that he is being punished for opening a can of worms with the outrageous salaries that are being paid. Lets see!

  3. The record it clear that as long Prof J. N.Moyo is not MP in that area, then there will be no speedy development. Shame on you Tjolotsho relatives. You replace a Professor with a grade three (standar one) droupout?

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