BREAKING: UZA files urgent High Court application over ballot paper anomalies for Mbizo Constituency Candidate

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OWEN MATAVA in Kwekwe

United Zimbabwe Alliance party (UZA) has taken the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to the High Court on urgent basis seeking a compelling order, to have ZEC directed to reprint the Ballot Papers for Mbizo Constituency where its parliarmentary candidate Gladys Gamuchirai Mutunami is standing for the 26 March 2022 By- Elections, midlandsnews can reveal.

UZA spokesperson, Tatenda Ishemukuru Ndhlovu confirmed the latest development in a statement to the media.

“Our candidate, Mutunami upon inspecting ballot papers, has raised valid objections to her photo image presentation. We firmly believe that the electorate will not be able to identify our candidate and this will disadvantage our candidate in the 26 March 2022 by elections”, said Ndlovu.

He said his party has since filed papers with the High Court on an urgent basis, this followed the alleged refusal by ZEC to have the ballot papers for Mbizo reprinted well before tomorrow’s election.

Ndlovu said a letter was sent to ZEC on 23 March 2022, requesting a reprint of the ballot.

He added, “Unfortunately ZEC chose to disregard the request, proceeding with the use of the current photo which has blotches and is overly darkened so as to be unrecognizable, to the extent that one cannot even identify the gender of the candidate”.

The UZA spokesperson urged ZEC to ensure free and fair credible elections are achieved in a fair, just and non confrontation manner.

5 candidates including UZA’ Mutunami are fighting it out for the actual control of Mbizo Constituency. Mutunami faces a stiff competition from Vongaishe Mpereri of ZanuPF, Settlement Chikwinya of CCC, Eventhough Brave Mapfumo, MDC A and Lovemore Chibukwe of UDA.

ZEC spokesperson, Jasper Mangwana told midlandsnews that ZEC was unable to comment on issues before the courts.

“We are unable to give a statement on issues currently before the courts. Let us wait for tomorrow Saturday when the court is expected to deliver a judgment on the same”, said Mangwana.

Last week the President of another political party Lead Zimbabwe sued ZEC for excluding her name on voters roll.

However, Masarira lost the case after her application was dismissed with costs.