Zimbabwe's President Opposes Election Challenge

Elias Hubbard
August 16, 2018

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has filed submissions in the land's highest court opposing a court challenge to his victory by main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday.

Mnangagwa's election agent Paul Mangwana said his party is ready for the challenge.

Chamisa has said the July 30 vote was rigged and challenged the result which gave Mnangagwa 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million votes for him.

"We have successfully filed our opposition papers to this application, which we think is just a waste of time but that's for the courts to decide", Mangwana told reporters outside the Constitutional Court.

President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa seemingly avoided mentioning at length the army's heavy handed shenanigans in dealing with recent violent civilian post election protests but instead directed the blame on MDC Alliance opponents for allegedly inciting the violence that saw the military gunning down six people.

The MDC approached the constitutional court earlier this month after claiming that Mnangagwa had stolen the election with help from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a Zanu-PF election rally. "Their application is not based on facts and did not comply with court rules", he said.

Lawyers for the President-elect say Chamisa's application to have the results set aside is nearly entirely based on arguments of wrong tallying by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, and he should have demanded a recount by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission within 48 hours of results being announced as provided for by law.

The constitution requires a losing presidential candidate to file any challenge within seven days of a victor being declared.

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court has 14 days to make a final ruling on the hotly disputed election. A full bench of nine judges‚ led by Chief Justice Luke Malaba‚ is expected to make a decision on the court challenge. The days do not include weekends and public holidays according to the court rules.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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