#2018ZimElections: Chamisa files court challenge to election result

Marsha Scott
August 12, 2018

The legal team representing MDC-Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa filed their petition challenging the presidential election results at the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe.

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

There was great optimism that the elections would bring real change after the end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule in November.

In his application court challenge, Chamisa cited Mnangagwa as the first respondent, ZEC, and all other 22 presidential contestants as respondents as well. Mnangagwa's inauguration will take place 48 hours after the Constitutional Court announces its decision. Opposition Nelson Chamisa, right, says the result was rigged.

The Constitutional Court, which can declare a new victor or order a fresh election, must rule within 14 days of an election petition.

The MDC Alliance has a tall order as it has to demonstrate to the court that, indeed, there were instances in which the law was not complied with and show how such irregularities influenced the final results of the elections.

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Also on Friday, lawyers for 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.

But the MDC say the security forces have launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition following the disputed poll.

He faced allegations of inciting the protests last week by proclaiming victory for the opposition.

Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter that Biti was released after he intervened personally in the case.

The US diplomat said the worldwide community, the US included, will continue to make sure that everyone following up on Biti's case was going to respect the opposition politician's "physical integrity, the human rights and constitutional rights and that the constitution of Zimbabwe is respected".

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission said it was concerned that no one was taking responsibility for the deployment of soldiers that the opposition says were harassing its supporters and ordinary citizens in townships at night.

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