Court name
Bulawayo High Court
Case number
HCA 20 of 2002

Deysel and Ors v Constituency Registrar (HCA 20 of 2002) [2002] ZWBHC 24 (07 March 2002);

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[2002] ZWBHC 24

                                          Judgment No. HB 24/2002

                                          Case No. HCA 20/2002

 

JOSEPH DEYSEL AND OTHERS

 

versus

 

THE CONSTITUENCY REGISTRAR

 

HIGH COURT OF ZIMBABWE

CHIWESHE J

BULAWAYO 8 MARCH 2002

 

 

      CHIWESHE J:In this appeal I am of the view that the matters referred

 

to me by the magistrates’ concerned are points of law - primarily the

 

relevance/applicability of the provisions of the Electorate Act to the appellants’ cases. 

 

These have been inter alia raised by the appellants as points in limine.

 

      I have three options:

 

      -     Decide on the points in limine and refer the matter back to the               magistrates’ court.

      -     Decide the matter both on the points in limine and the merits                 immediately.

      -     make a declaratory order as to the law applicable.

 

      Given the urgency of the matter and the time constraints I prefer to adopt the

 

third option.  In this regard I am guided by the ruling in the case of Registrar-General

 

of Elections and Others vs Morgan Tsvangirai SC 12/2002 in which it was held at

 

pages 23 and 30 of the cyclostyled judgment, respectively, that;

 

      “Where the loss of citizenship is common cause, the consequent loss of        the right to vote is by operation of the law making the procedures set            out in section 25 of the Act superfluous or non-applicable.  In such                   cases the constituency registrar, or anybody else for that matter, cannot          reverse such a loss nor does he have any discretion in the matter.  The         law has taken its course, the voter has lost his or her right to vote by         operation of the law and the loss cannot be revived in any way.” and

 

                 

 

 

                                                      24/02

                              -2-

     

      “(4)  That, by a majority of four to one, a person who ceases to be a         citizen also ceases to be a voter by operation of law namely paragraph          3(3) of the Third Schedule of the Constitution of Zimbabwe”.

 

Declaration

 

      Any person including the appellants are entitled to vote in the Presidential

 

Elections set for the 9th and 10th March 2002 provided that they can prove to the

 

satisfaction of  the Registrar General of Elections that at the relevant time they are

 

citizens of Zimbabwe and that they meet the criteria set down for eligibility as a

 

voter in the said elections.

 

 

 

 

 

                        Chiweshe J