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Chamisa files court election challenge - report

by Staff reporter
10 Aug 2018 at 14:30hrs | Views
MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa is reported to have officially filed a challenge to election results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission which declared Emmerson Mnangagwa as a winner.

A close source said, "It's done *Case officially filed*

Chris Mhike is reported to be the instructing attorney and Thabani Mpofu is the lead counsel.

The main application is reported to be 230 pages with separate bundles of evidence.

"So it's 230 x 40 copies. 15 for the Court and 25 for the other candidates and ZEC. Then separate bundles of more than 300 pages and more than 200 discs!!!!!! God bless Zimbabwe!!!! God bless Africa."

Zimbabwe's defeated opposition faced a deadline on Friday to file its legal challenge to try to overturn the July 30 election result, which has been mired in fraud allegations and a government crackdown on opponents.

The MDC party alleges that the vote result was rigged and President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow victory was due to a falsified vote count in Zimbabwe's first election since the end of Robert Mugabe's rule.

Mnangagwa, who is seeking to reverse Zimbabwe's economic isolation and attract desperately needed foreign investment, had vowed the elections would turn a page on Mugabe's repressive 37-year rule.

International monitors largely praised the conduct of the election itself, although EU observers said that Mnangagwa, a former ally of Mugabe, benefited from an "un-level playing field" and a degree of voter intimidation.

Mnangagwa of the ruling Zanu-PF party won the presidential race with 50.8% of the vote - just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC's Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3%.

Source - online