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UZ Authorities Hijack Student Body Elections

The students revealed that they had also been barred from contesting the elections

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UZ Authorities Hijack Student Body Elections

Eight University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students have taken the institute of higher learning to court challenging its decision to ‘hijack’ upcoming elections to select student leaders.

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The elections are set for November 28.

In an urgent chamber application filed at the High Court, the students through their lawyer Obey Shava said the decision to hijack electoral processes by UZ authorities should be declared null and void.

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The students revealed that they had also been barred from contesting the elections and wanted their candidature reinstated.

UZ Authorities Hijack Student Body Elections

They claim that the cause of action arose on November 22 when the elections commission announced that their nomination was invalid.

The students submitted:

Despite complying with the set guidelines as appears on the notice from the dean of students above and also complying with the requisite constitutional requirements, all the applicants were not declared duly nominated and as such we were disqualified to stand in the 28th November elections.

We are not privy to why our nomination was declined and for that reason, we requested, through a letter, the reasons for the disqualification and to the time of this application we have not been furnished with the reasons thereof.

Absence of reasons for the invalidation of our nominations points to the fact that the decision arrived at was capricious, malicious and merely vindictive. It was baseless and unlawful.

Source| Standard

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