Constitutional Court Rules That Zimbabweans Based In The Diaspora Cannot Vote Unless They Return

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The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has ruled that the Zimbabwean diaspora cannot vote from outside the country.

The full bench of the Constitutional Court led by Chief Justice Luke Malaba said that it will provide reasons for why it dismissed the case later.

The court challenge had been brought by three Zimbabweans, Gabriel Shumba, Sibonile Mfumisi, who are both based in South Africa, and Darlington Nyambiya, who lives in Britain. The trio which was represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), was challenging provisions of the Electoral Act, which prevent citizens living outside the country from voting.

The trio had been arguing that sections of the Electoral Act are unconstitutional considering that the Constitution of Zimbabwe which provides for political rights, allows for every citizen of Zimbabwe to participate in political processes regardless of their location.