MDC Alliance files court challenge to Mnangagwa's election win

MDC Alliance files court challenge to Mnangagwa's election win

Chris Mhike, in suit, leads Nelson Chamisa's legal team into the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court to file their challenge to Emmerson Mnangagwa's electoral victory last week.

According to his draft order, Mr Chamisa is seeking the nullification of President Mnangagwa's victory and wants the court to declare him the victor.

Zimbabwe's constitution allows a presidential candidate to legally challenge electoral results within seven days of a victor being declared.

Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration, Cde Obert Mpofu, has stated that the MDC Alliance exposed its hypocrisy in the just ended elections by wanting to win at all costs yet any race produces a victor and a loser.

Advocate Mpofu said the applicant has enough evidence including alleged statistical misrepresentations by the elections administration body, ZEC and other factors that included an uneven playing field.

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

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 inauguration is no longer going ahead as planned", Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said, after the opposition filed the challenge on Friday.

Mr Chamisa tweeted: "Our legal team successfully filed our court papers. We have a good case and cause".

But the legal challenge to his victory is likely to delay his inauguration that was scheduled to take place on Sunday.

After the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced the results, Chamisa called a Press conference and described the election results as fabricated and overblown to ensure the incumbent President's victory.

"In the alternative, we seek that there be another election which complies with the dictates of the law", he said.

"I am confident they have no case".

They said they were "deeply disturbed by continuing reports that opposition supporters are being targeted by members of the Zimbabwean security forces".

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