3 Zimbabweans in SA, UK to fight for right to vote in diaspora

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says the electoral laws state that only Zimbabweans resident in the country can vote, and it wants those regulations declared unconstitutional.

FILE: A voter registration official inspects identity particulars at Lotshe Primary School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on 7 May 2013 during the mobile voter registration exercise. Picture: AFP

HARARE - Three Zimbabweans living in South Africa and the UK want to challenge the country’s electoral laws, which they say deny them the right to vote from abroad.

The three are expected on Thursday to appeal to the country’s constitutional court so that they can vote in this year’s polls.

So far, nearly five million Zimbabweans have been registered to vote in elections later this year.

But there are many others who haven’t been registered, those living and working abroad.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says the electoral laws state that only Zimbabweans resident in the country can vote, and it wants those regulations declared unconstitutional.

This case has been brought by two Zimbabweans in South Africa and one in the UK.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa this week told Zimbabweans living in Namibia that the country just doesn’t have the means to allow those in the diaspora to vote.