ZEC should not release the voters roll with people's photographs, the High Court has ruled.

The court said that ZEC cannot be compelled to do so by any political party. The ruling follows a petition by a registered voter Ms Ethel Tsitsi Mpezeni, seeking an interdict against ZEC from granting demands by MDC-Alliance for the electoral body to release a voters’ roll bearing prospective voters’ pictures.

Justice Zhou ruled that Ms Mpezeni’s fears were properly founded to warrant the court to grant the relief she sought.

“There is no reason why publication of the photograph should be allowed to people without a legitimate reason to have it. Granting of the interdict does not irreparably prejudice the respondents.”

Parties had claimed that the order sought by Mpezeni would have a negative consequence on the credibility of the July 30 harmonised elections.