Big takeaways from Zim ConCourt vote challenge

2018-08-22 21:00

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court is expected to make a ruling on August 24 in a historic presidential election case concerning opposition leader Nelson Chamisa and his main rival President Emmerson Mnangagwa. 

The constitutional court’s nine judges are now expected to make a final decision on Friday, after the legal teams from all the respondents and applicant took the whole day on Wednesday to make their case.

Here is what you could have missed on the court case:

All eyes on Zimbabwe as ConCourt hears election petition

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court is on Wednesday set to hear the petition lodged by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in his bid to overturn President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory in the July 30 elections.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader narrowly lost to Mnangagwa, but his party alleges "gross mathematical errors".

The MDC seeks a fresh election or a declaration of Chamisa as the winner of the July 30 vote, according to AP.

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MDC 'faces an uphill struggle' in its bid to overturn Mnangagwa’s election victory

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court will on Wednesday hear an opposition petition seeking to overturn the presidential election result, in a legal challenge seen as unlikely to succeed despite allegations of vote fraud.

The MDC has accused the ruling Zanu-PF party and the election commission of rigging the July 30 vote, Zimbabwe's first poll since the ousting of Robert Mugabe last year.

Mugabe's successor Mnangagwa won with 50.8% of the vote - just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC's Chamisa, who scored 44.3%.

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'A runoff is unavoidable', MDC lawyer tells court

Zimbabwe's capital was under tight security on Wednesday as the Constitutional Court began to hear the main opposition party's challenge to the results of last month's historic presidential election.

Police barricaded the streets around the court in central Harare amid high tensions over the crucial case which will decide if Mnangagwa's election victory is valid.

The opposition claims the vote had "gross mathematical errors" and seeks a fresh election or a declaration that its candidate Chamisa is the winner of the July 30 vote.

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'We've all evidence to prove we won the elections,' says MDC

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Wednesday began to hear an opposition petition seeking to overturn the presidential election result, in a legal challenge seen as unlikely to succeed despite allegations of vote fraud.

The MDC has accused the ruling Zanu-PF party and the election commission of rigging the July 30 vote, Zimbabwe's first poll since the ousting of Mugabe last year.

Chief Justice Luke Malaba opened the televised proceedings in Harare, where the court premises were surrounded by high security. 


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Zimbabwe court to rule Friday on opposition's vote challenge

Zimbabwe's capital was under tight security as the Constitutional Court on Wednesday heard the main opposition party's challenge to the results of last month's presidential election, the first without longtime leader Mugabe on the ballot.

The chief justice said the ruling would be announced on Friday at 14:00.

Police barricaded streets in Harare amid high tensions over the case which will decide if the victory of Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe enforcer, is valid. The opposition claims "gross mathematical errors" and seeks a fresh election or a declaration that its candidate Chamisa won.

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