Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday filed an application at the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe seeking to nullify the proclamation by President Mugabe setting July 31 as the date for the harmonised elections. The application came as MDC-T delegates from the country’s 10 provinces gathered in Harare to sign Mr Tsvangirai’s nomination papers ahead of the sitting of the Nomination Court at Mapondera Building on Thursday. It also followed a recent meeting the MDC-T convened in the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights boardroom earlier this month to brainstorm on what it called “Strategic Election Litigation” designed to increase the workload of the Constitutional Court to prevent it from dealing with cases on time.
The meeting, which brought together 15 lawyers drawn from MDC-T and its allies in the NGO sector and legal fraternity, resolved to flood the Constitutional Courts with applications to subvert the implementation of the judgment ordering elections by July 31.
Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa has since approached the court, on behalf of Government, seeking a two-week extension of the July 31 deadline to August 14 as suggested by Sadc at the instigation of the MDC formations.
In his application, Mr Tsvangirai wants the court to vary the order granted to Zaka East voter Mr Jealousy Mawarire compelling the President to proclaim the date for and hold harmonised elections by July 31.