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All eyes are on Zimbabwe as the country's Constitutional Court hears the petition lodged by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in his bid to overturn President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory in the July 30 elections. Get the live updates here
Magwaliba, representing Mnangagwa, dismissed claims that the opposition had
produced any evidence of fraud.
application was not seriously done. The applicant is clearly flippant," he
the final analysis it is correct to submit that the allegations... have not
judges, led by Chief Justice Luke Malaba, are hearing the case in Harare, where
the court premises were given high security. – AFP
opposition argued in the country's top court on Wednesday that the presidential
election results must be thrown out, alleging that only "massive
doctoring" of the vote had kept Emmerson Mnangagwa in office.
for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) launched a blistering attack on
Mnangagwa, the ruling Zanu-PF party and the election commission over the July
30 ballot - Zimbabwe's first election since the ousting of Robert Mugabe last
is a massive cover-up. There has been a massive doctoring of evidence,"
Thabani Mpofu, representing the MDC, told the court.
Mugabe's former ally, won the election with 50.8% of the vote - just enough to meet
the 50% threshold needed to avoid a run-off against MDC leader Nelson Chamisa,
who scored 44.3%.
were at least 16 polling stations with identical results - identical results
for Chamisa, identical results for Mnangagwa. It is like a kid who was playing
with the figures," said Mpofu.
that irregularities wiped out the narrow margin by which Mnangagwa had avoided
a second-round vote.
run-off is unavoidable. For now, the election must be set aside," Mpofu
said, adding that "we have a false ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission). We
have a lying ZEC." – AFP
Mpofu: ZEC changed its results before any application was brought before the court and also changed the results after the application has been filed, therefore, it cannot be said to be true that ZEC changed its results in response to the election.
The law requires that results to be announced should be final. Results that were changed three times in two weeks cannot be said to reflect a credible election
ZEC lawyers now arguing
Tawanda Kanengoni is the lead ZEC lawyer
Court adjourns for 10 minutes
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