Zimbabwe Opposition Lodges Appeal Against Election Result

Zimbabwe Opposition Lodges Appeal Against Election Result

Zimbabwe Opposition Lodges Appeal Against Election Result

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.

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

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".

Judges must rule on the case within 14 days and could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, the Veritas legal group said.

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

The opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, took to Twitter to confirm an appeal had been successfully filed.

Under the constitution, a losing presidential candidate has seven days to challenge the result from when a victor is declared.

Consequently, Chamisa wants the chief elections officer compelled to publish in the Government Gazette the order and the declaration of the election of Mr Chamisa to the office of the President of Zimbabwe.

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

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

Prosecutors accuse him of fuelling illegal protests by rejecting Mr Mnangagwa's victory in the fiercely contested elections. "It is now being served on the 23 Respondents (all the other contestants and ZEC) Copies of the petition will be posted once scanned".

The president-elect who is to be sworn into office this weekend and his party, Zanu-PF, have welcomed the court action.

Last week Zanu-PF Secretary for Finance Mr Patrick Chinamasa confirmed the setting up of the 12-member legal team, saying the MDC Alliance's threat of litigation was unwarranted.

Judges have 14 days to rule on the case, and could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, according to the Veritas legal group.

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