Opposition leader appeals court’s sh0ck rejection of nomination papers


Opposition presidential candidate Linda Masarira has filed an appeal in the High Court challenging the rejection of her nomination papers by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Masarira, leader of the Labour, Economists and African Democrats party, failed to raise the required nomination fee of $20,000 in cash when submitting her papers on Wednesday.

LEAD President Linda Masarira wearing Mnangagwa’s zambia

She attempted to pay using Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) funds but the presiding officer insisted on cash or payment through the Zipit instant payment system.

In her court appeal, Masarira named ZEC returning officers, commissioners and all other confirmed presidential candidates as respondents.

She argued that some candidates were disqualified due to difficulties paying nomination fees due to current challenges in the banking system.

Masarira said her bank’s Zipit limit was Z$2.5 million per month and her card limit for the day was Z$1.5 million.

Through the appeal, Masarira is seeking to have the rejection of her nomination papers overturned in order to enable her to contest in the August 23 elections.

She wants the court to declare ZEC’s decision null and void and declare her validly nominated as a presidential candidate.

No hearing date has yet been set for Masarira’s appeal.

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