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12 CCC candidate to know their fate tomorrow midday

by Staff reporter
02 Aug 2023 at 18:13hrs | Views
The Supreme Court will deliver its judgement at midday on Thursday in the appeal by 12 CCC National Assembly candidates from Bulawayo who are fighting their disqualification from August 23 poll by the High Court.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission will not oppose efforts by 12 CCC parliamentary candidates to overturn their disqualification from the general elections. Zec is not opposing the candidates' Supreme Court appeal and says it will abide by the court's decision.

CCC official Fadzayi Mahere said, "The lawyer for ZEC has advised the court that they're abiding by the decision of the Supreme Court. Despite being respondents,they're not opposed to the relief we are seeking. In the High Court,ZEC confirmed that we submitted our papers in time."

The High Court nullified CCC candidates nomination on the ground they had filed their papers after the 4pm deadline.

The ruling disqualified Obert Manduna, Ereck Gono, Douglas Ncube, Gift Ostallos Siziva, Sanpoulus Maplanka, Prince Ncube, Nqobizitha Ndlovu, Desmond Makaza, Bajila Collins Descent, Sichelesile Mhlanga, Desire Moyo, Adelaide Mhlanga, Nompilo Bhebhe, Surrender Kapoikilu, Raphael Pashor Sibanda, Ntandoyenkosi Minenhle Gumede and Frank Mhlanga.

The High Court order also included the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission which was ordered not to include the names of the aspiring candidates in the ballot papers.

The appeal to the Supreme Court suspended the lower court ruling and the candidates remained on the ballot.

The Nomination Court sat on June 21 to accept papers from aspiring candidates in Bulawayo Metropolitan, but then sat again the next day to accommodate aspiring candidates who had failed to file their papers on time.

Six other candidates from Zapu, Free Zim Congress and ZANC also submitted their papers after the 4pm deadline and were also disqualified.

Source - online