The Constitutional Court Wednesday reserved judgment in a case in which three Zimbabweans are challenging provisions of the electoral court which prevent Diapsorans from voting in their countries of residency. The case was heard by the full bench of the Constitutional Court with the applications represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre. Applicants are arguing that residency requirements imposed by the Electoral Act contravene the Constitution which provided for political rights allowing every Zimbabwe citizen to participate in political processes, wherever they were.
Advocate Thabani Mpofu said he was hopeful that judgment would be delivered soon.
“We have argued the diaspora matter and the point that we have taken is that the Electoral Act is unconstitutional to an extent that it disenfranchises the diaspora vote,” he said.