Zimbabwean's main opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa speaks at a news conference in Harare. Picture: Jerome Delay/AP
Zimbabwean's main opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa speaks at a news conference in Harare. Picture: Jerome Delay/AP

#2018ZimElections: Chamisa files court challenge to election result

By Time of article published Aug 10, 2018

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Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition

leader, Nelson Chamisa, filed a court challenge on Friday

against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory, he

wrote on Twitter, a move that would delay Mnangagwa's

inauguration that had been slated for this Sunday.

"Our legal team successfully filed our court papers. We have

a good case and cause!!" Chamisa tweeted.

Under the constitution, a losing presidential candidate has

seven days to challenge the result from when a winner is

declared. The Constitutional Court must rule within 14 days and

Mnangagwa's inauguration would have to wait for the outcome of

Chamisa's challenge.

Earlier this month, Mnangagwa secured a comfortable

victory, according to results from the Zimbabwe Electoral

Commission, polling 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for

the 40-year-old Chamisa. The opposition said the result was

rigged.

The election, the first since the army's removal of

94-year-old ex-president Robert Mugabe last November, passed off

relatively smoothly but its aftermath revealed the deep rifts in

Zimbabwean society and the instinctive heavy-handedness of the

security forces.

Two days after the vote, six people were killed in an army

crackdown on protests against the victory by Mnangagwa's ruling

ZANU-PF party, a reminder that Zimbabwe will struggle to repair

its image as a nation known for repression and economic

collapse. 

Reuters

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