Saturday, 18 August 2018

Breaking News - Zimbabwe Court To Hear Election Challenge On August 22

Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court has set August 22 as the date when it will hear a petition in which main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa is challenging the victory by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in last month’s presidential poll.

Chamisa who heads the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance lodged a petition with the Constitutional Court last Friday in which he claimed that Mnangagwa colluded with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to deny him victory in the July 30 elections.

Mnangagwa responded by filing his opposing papers on Wednesday in which his legal team argued that Chamisa had missed the seven-day deadline for lodging the court challenge.
Breaking News - Zimbabwe Court To Hear Election Challenge On August 22
In the court papers, Mnangagwa’s lawyers want the court to dismiss Chamisa’s application to nullify Mnangagwa’s victory in a presidential poll held on July 30 on the grounds that the opposition leader missed a 10am (0800 GMT) deadline to file his petition on August 10.

According to Zimbabwe’s constitution, an aggrieved presidential candidate should file any challenge within seven days of a winner being declared.

Mnangagwa was declared winner on August 3, garnering 50.8 percent of the votes against 44.3 percent for Chamisa.
The Constitutional Court must rule within 14 days of Chamisa’s election challenge being lodged, excluding weekends and public holidays.

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