Zimbabwe: High Court postpones decision on MDC presidential vote case, again
source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
08 April 2008
High Court judge Tendai Uchena postponed to Wednesday a ruling on an application by the MDC demanding the release of presidential election results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. Despite an earlier ruling that the matter was urgent, the judge demanded a second round of hearings ‘to deal with matters with full concentration.’ It remained unclear whether the judge was physically tired or just needed more time and arguments from the different legal teams. The case will begin again 10am on Wednseday.
Opposition lawyer Alec Muchadehama told the court his clients ‘have a legitimate concern to have the results announced expeditiously.’ ZEC however had sought to block the High Court from intervening, by arguing it had no jurisdiction to order ZEC to announce the results. This argument was thrown out by Uchena and paved the way Tuesday for the actual court case to begin. Both ZEC and MDC lawyers spent the day putting forward their main legal arguments on the matter.
It has taken over 4 days just for the matter to be heard. On Saturday armed police temporarily blocked MDC lawyers from [continue reading]