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Con-Court reserves ruling in Political Parties Finance Act challenge

The Constitutional Court (Con-Court) yesterday reserved ruling in a legal challenge to the Political Parties Finance Act lodged by small political parties, Zimbabwe Development Party and Voice of the People Party.

President Robert Mugabe and wife Grace Mugabe
Then President Robert Mugabe and wife Grace Mugabe

Leading the full Con-Court bench of nine judges, Chief Justice Luke Malaba will rule on an unspecified date on the fringe parties’ bid to repeal the Political Parties Finance Act, that says any political party that garners at least 5 percent of the vote in the previous election is eligible to receive public funds.

To date, only two political parties, the ruling Zanu PF and the main opposition MDC, have enjoyed the privilege.

Zimbabwe Development Party through its leader Kisinoti Mukwazhi and Voice of the People Party through its leader Moreprecision Muzadzi were seeking an interdict to bar President Emmerson Mnangagwa from making a proclamation of the 2018 harmonised polls date until the 2001 Act is repealed.

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