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Prisoners Demand To Vote, Case To Be Heard In High Court

Prisoners Demand To Vote, Case To Be Heard In High Court

The High Court is set to hear a case in which prisoners are demanding to be allowed to vote. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights who are representing the prisoners said the application was filed in June 2017. Pindula News presents the ZLHR’s update on the case:

ZIM COURT HEARS PRISONERS DEMAND TO VOTE

HIGH Court Judge Justice Munamato Mutevedzi will on Tuesday 25 January 2022 preside over the hearing and determination of an application filed by some prisoners seeking an order compelling Zimbabwean authorities to allow them to vote during elections.

In the application which was filed in June 2017, but is being heard now after the presiding Judge Justice Clement Phiri passed on in January 2021 after reserving judgment in July 2018, the prisoners want the High Court to issue an order compelling Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Hon. Ziyambi Ziyambi, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba and ZEC as the elections management body, to register them on the national voters roll and facilitate their voting on election day.

The prisoners, Yvonne Musarurwa, Tungamirai Madzokere and Last Maengahama, who have since been released from Chikurubi Female Prison and Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, and are represented by Advocate Tererai Mafukidze, instructed by Jeremiah Bamu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, argued that since the period that they had been in prison detention from 2011, ZEC had neither carried out any voter education, including voter registration nor enabled prisoners to vote during the several general and by-elections which were held in Zimbabwe.

Musarurwa, Madzokere and Maengahama argued that they were asserting their constitutional rights particularly the right to vote in elections and referendums as enshrined in Section 67 (3) (a) of the Constitution.

They argued that they are entitled to exercise their political rights regardless of their status as detainees.

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5 Comments

kim luta 3 months ago

hazviiti...vamwe havana kana zvitupa


MaFyt 4 months ago

in as much as prisoners have the right to vote i think ii must be limitted to those due to be regain their freedom after elections vamwe avo haaaa firai yamaka para iyoyo kkkkkk


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

PRISONERS, LIKE ANY OTHER PERSON ARE ENTITLED TO VOTE. THE ONLY RIGHT THEY LOSE IS THE RIGHT OF MOVEMENT AND THE RIGHT TO ASSOCIATION. ALL OTHER RIGHT REMAIN INTACT.

THEY WILL WIN THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. THERE IS NOTHING WHICH FORBIDS HIM FROM VOTING.

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
{ THE BUSH LAWYER


King of Serpents 4 months ago

I don't think they'll be allowed to vote whilst they are incarcerated because Zanu PF knows that the majority of prisoners will vote for the opposition. Why? Because of the inhumane conditions and torture rampant in Zimbabwean prisons.
Personally, I've been in prison so I know how it is in our prisons.

Do that 4 months ago

Tazviona bt takatovhara Ku Register vani
Mozo zviita 2030
Tavhura zve

Period 🤓🤓
#NHM 👦



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