#2018ZimElections: Chamisa files court challenge to election result

Tendai Biti

The presidential inauguration of Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa has been delayed after the opposition launched a court challenge to his election victory.

The Constitutional Court will have 14 days to make a ruling on the legal challenge.

Global monitors largely praised the conduct of the election itself, although European Union observers said that Mnangagwa, a former long-time Mugabe ally, benefitted from an "un-level playing field" and some voter intimidation.

Mr Chamisa tweeted: "Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

Chamisa has claimed he won 56 percent of votes and called the election "fraudulent, illegal and illegitimate".

"For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge", Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, said.

ZEC declared President Mnangagwa duly elected with effect from August 3, 2018.

"Zanu-PF has assembled a 12-member legal team to prepare responses to the unwarranted litigation being threatened by the MDC-Alliance leader Chamisa challenging the validity of the presidential vote", Chinamasa said.

Mnangagwa secured a comfortable victory in last month's vote, according to results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, polling 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for the 40-year-old Chamisa.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

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

"We've managed to place before the court forms that show the (results) figures were erased", MDC party lawyer Thabani Mpofu told reporters.

The MDC Alliance and its leader Nelson Chamisa arrived at the Constitutional Court premises in the capital, Harare, to file papers on the deadline for submissions into electoral challenges.

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. "It is now being served on the 23 Respondents (all the other contestants and ZEC) Copies of the petition will be posted once scanned".

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