Court hears Tsvangirai poll petition

2013-08-14 13:14

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Cape Town – A Zimbabwean High Court will today hear the matter in which the Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai seeks to challenge the outcome of the 31 July elections, according to a report.

News Days said on Wednesday that Tsvangirai is demanding that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) provide him with all voting material used in the elections to enable his party to adduce evidence to back its poll petition.

Mugabe won the presidential vote by about 61%, with Zanu-PF party garnering a two-thirds majority in Parliament, but the MDC has described the poll outcome as a "monumental farce" and appealed to the Constitutional Court to nullified the elections.

Tsvangirai and his MDC claim the vote was was riddled with fraud and should be declared invalid.

Independent local observers and Western powers have also questioned the credibility of the elections, but regional groupings, SADC and the African Union, were less critical, describing the election as "free and peaceful".

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