JAMESON ZVIDZAI TIMBA
HARARE, 13 November 2013 and 6 December 2013
T. Maanda, for the petitioner
J.S. Mandizha, for the respondent
BHUNU J: This is an electoral petition in terms of s 167 of the Electoral Act [Cap. 2: 13} filed by the losing candidate one Jameson Zvidzai Timba in the National Assembly elections held on 31 July 2013 for the Mount Pleasant constituency. The victorious candidate one Jaison Passade has opposed and countered the petition by raising five preliminary issues by way of exception.
A meticulous perusal of the petition however, shows that the erstwhile lawyers for the petitioner, Atherstone & Cook who filed the petition did a commendable job by their close attention to detail, legal provisions and rules of court. This has left counsel for the respondent literally scraping at the bottom of the barrel for technical objections with the result that he has had to withdraw two of the objections before argument.