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Zim constitutional court rules against diaspora vote bid

President Emmerson Mnangagwa had previously warned that the country did not have the required resources to give the vote to hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans based outside the country.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after he was officially sworn-in during a ceremony in Harare on 24 November 2017. Picture: AFP

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe’s constitutional court on Wednesday ruled against an application by foreign-based Zimbabweans who wanted to be allowed to vote from abroad in this year’s polls.

Elections will be held on 30 July.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa had previously warned that the country did not have the required resources to give the vote to hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans based outside the country.

This ruling will be a blow to the opposition MDC, who said giving the vote to Zimbabweans in the diaspora is a key outstanding issue that needs to be resolved before elections can be deemed free and fair.

Zimbabwe’s electoral laws state that only Zimbabweans living in the country can vote on election day.

Three Zimbabweans, based in South Africa and the United Kingdom, wanted to get an order from the constitutional court for that law to be amended.

But the court ruled against the application, saying the reasons for its decision would be handed down later.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)