BREAKING NEWS: CCC candidates BARRED from elections!

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BULAWAYO High Court Judge Justice Bongani Ndlovu has ruled that 12 Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) candidates in Bulawayo filed their nomination papers beyond the stipulated time and will not participate in the forthcoming elections.

The judgement was handed down this morning on behalf of Justice Ndlovu by Justice Nokuthula Moyo.

Last week, Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Bongani Ndlovu reserved judgment in the matter in which 12 registered voters in Bulawayo were challenging the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)’s decision to accept nomination papers of members of various political parties who filed their papers outside the timeframes.

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Justice Ndlovu did not make a ruling on preliminary arguments and the matter proceeded on merits.

The Nomination Court sat on June 21 to accept papers from aspiring candidates. ZEC sat the next day to accommodate some aspiring candidates who had failed to file their papers on time.

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The candidates from various political parties which include Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), Zapu, Free Zim Congress and the Zimbabwe African National Congress (ZANC) submitted their papers after the 4pm deadline.

ZEC has since published the final list of candidates participating in the August 23 harmonised elections.

Twelve consolidated urgent chamber applications for declaratory order were recently filed at the Bulawayo High Court by registered voters in Bulawayo. Cheda and Cheda Associates is representing all the applicants.

More to follow…

— Chronicle


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