MDC Alliance files court challenge to Mnangagwa's election win

Erika Holt
August 12, 2018

MDC Alliance has missed the 4pm deadline today to file the court case to challenge the presidential election results.

It is within the parameters of the ConCourt to exercise any of the three options that include declaring a victor - which could be the same or different from the one declared by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission - invalidate the election (and then there has to be a fresh election within 60 days) or grant any other order "just and appropriate".

Chamisa's lawyer Thabani Mpofu said he had asked the Constitutional Court to nullify the July 30 vote and that his court application meant Mnangagwa's swearing-in had been halted.

It's amusing that Chamisa (MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson) entered an election wanting to win only.

The court will have 14 days to make a ruling on the case.

Mnangagwa's inauguration on Sunday now, of course, won't go ahead as planned.

"Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

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He said those who lost should accept the results and work hard to improve next time.

Analysts say the legal challenge has little chance of success given the courts' historic tilt towards the ZANU-PF, which has ruled since independence from British colonial rule in 1980.

Police were looking for Biti and eight other opposition leaders for allegedly fomenting violence following the disputed national election. "We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted", MDC party lawyer Thanbani Mpofu said.

The aftermath of the election has been marred by allegations of a crackdown on opposition members, including beatings and arrests.

Supporters of the MDC took to the streets on August 1 to protest against the alleged fraud, triggering a brutal response from the military which opened fire on the demonstrators, leaving six people dead.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, his lawyer told Reuters news agency.

In a joint statement on Thursday, the EU, US, Canadian and Australian missions to Zimbabwe urged authorities to guarantee Biti's safety and human rights.

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