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#2018ZimElections: Chamisa files court challenge to election result

11 August, 2018, 11:59 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • We are ready for Concourt MDC Alliance

The President-elect is expected to appoint a new Cabinet after his inauguration scheduled for Sunday.

The courts may take one day or three days but that has to be within the 14 days.

Jameson Timba, a senior member of the MDC, said his party "will rest when this country is liberated".

The MDC accuses Mr Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party of rigging the vote, the first poll since long-time president Robert Mugabe was ousted in November.

"We have a good case and cause!" he tweeted shortly after filing the challenge.

The MDC must prove that any irregularities were grave enough to change the outcome of the vote.

European Union observers said that the ZANU-PF candidate had benefitted from an "un-level playing field" and some voter intimidation, though worldwide monitors largely praised the conduct of the election.

ZEC declared that Mnangagwa won the election with 50.8 percent of the vote while Chamisa was said to have come second with 44.3 percent of the vote.

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But the delay to Mnangagwa's inauguration drew further attention to concerns over the election's credibility.

"On the basis of the evidence we have placed before the court, we seek in the main relief to the effect that the court should declare the proper victor and the proper victor is my client", Mpofu told reporters outside.

But the MDC say the security forces have launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition following the disputed poll. Six died after soldiers opened fire on the protesters in a response the opposition alliance called "disproportionate and unjustified".

Also on Friday, lawyers for senior opposition figure Tendai Biti asked judges to throw out charges against him over the protests against alleged election fraud, in a case raising further global concern about the new government.

On Thursday, opposition figure Tendai Biti was detained by Zimbabwean police after Zambian authorities rejected his bid for asylum.

‏Tendai Biti was released earlier today following my intervention.

Mnangagwa secured a comfortable victory in last month's vote, according to results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, polling 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for the 40-year-old Chamisa.

It said it had received numerous complaints of "hunting down" and intimidation, often by men in military uniform, of voters thought to have backed the opposition.

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