Kisinoti Mukwazhi has approached the Constitutional Court seeking an order to stop President Emmerson Mnangagwa from proclaiming elections date until he aligns the Political Finances Act with the new constitution.
Mukwazhi is the leader of the Zimbabwe Development Party.
Mnangagwa is expected to proclaim election dates any-time after the end of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) last month.
In an application delivered to the Constitutional Court on Thursday, Mukwazhi who pulled out of the Presidential election at the 11th hour in 2013, said elections should be held after the President had aligned the laws with the constitution.
“We are seeking an order to have the anticipated elections put on hold until the political parties finances act is realigned with the constitution since the first respondent can proclaim the dates anytime soon,” reads part of the court application.
Mukwazhi said the prevailing situation disadvantaged smaller political parties which have no financial resources needed for campaigns.
“The political parties’ finances act is in contrary to the constitution and as such the 1st respondent must ensure that the constitution is upheld and thus must see to it that the act is aligned with the constitution to have all the political parties funded as provided for in the constitution. Further, the 1st respondent has the obligation to uphold the laws of the land and he can achieve that since his ruling party has majority representation in parliament,” read part of the application.
“Elections will not be free, fair and credible under the prevailing conditions which are negatively tilted against the applicants,” said Mukwazhi.