Mugabe under pressure over poll date

A Sadc summit over the weekend asked the president to change the election date to 14 August.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is coming under growing pressure in Zimbabwe to ignore Southern African Development Community (Sadc)'s order to approach the country's highest court for a poll date extension.

The official Herald newspaper claims there is no legal basis for Mugabe to go back to the Constitutional Court to change the date of the July elections.

The paper is quoting University of Zimbabwe law lecturer Lovemore Madhuku.

He told the publication, which support Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, that the Constitutional Court will likely dismiss any application.

Madhuku said the court will probably not even hear the argument.

This follows a Sadc summit over the weekend, which asked Mugabe to go back to the court to change the election date from 31 July to 14 August.

It is still not clear if elections will be delayed.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai wants the elections no earlier than August.

He also called for electoral reforms.