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Chamisa races time to beat poll challenge deadline

by Staff reporter
10 Aug 2018 at 11:36hrs | Views
LOSING MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa is racing against time as he has until end of business this Friday to file his court challenge against his defeat or allow eventual winner Emmerson Mnangagwa to proceed with his inauguration.

Chamisa came second to Mnangagwa in a closely fought presidential election which saw him emerge with a 44,3 percent of the national vote while Mnangagwa got 50,8 percent.

The 40-year-old opposition chief is strongly disputing the results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and has vowed to go the "legal and constitutional" route to force the reversal of the outcome.

His lawyers have toiled throughout the seven-day grace period afforded by the law to put together evidence to buttress the poll challenge.

Advocate Thabani Mpofu, head of a legal team that is mounting the MDC Constitutional Court petition, vowed Wednesday "the poll challenge is going ahead, prepared, clear and convincing".

He said they had a "secret weapon" to unleash through their petition should things go a different direction.

Source - newzimbabwe