Zimbabwe's opposition moves to court to challenge election results

MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa

Zimbabwe opposition file presidential poll challenge

Chamisa's legal team arrived at the Constitutional Court at the eleventh hour with members of the media having been in wait for at least half a day.

There was great optimism that the elections would bring real change after the end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule in November.

"We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted".

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The country's electoral laws allow challengers seven days to contest election results.

The matter is expected to be heard within 14 days as per the constitutional provisions.

The foreign affairs ministry on Tuesday said the inauguration was scheduled to take place on Sunday. Given the tension in the preceding week, it is our hope that the MDC Alliance has secured adequate evidence to put up a decent fight with which they may be able to win if the court acts fairly and professionally.

The president-elect who is to be sworn into office this weekend and his party, Zanu-PF, have welcomed the court action.

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"I am confident they have no case. But if they want to meet us in court we have sufficient legal minds to meet them squarely in court", ZANU-PF legal secretary Paul Mangwana said.

Ms. Nauert said the United States government is also gravely concerned by credible reports of numerous detentions, beatings, and other abuses of Zimbabweans over the past week, particularly targeting opposition activists.

"This poses an even bigger danger to communities as it appears that the soldiers beating up civilians are not accountable to anyone", the commission said.

The MDC Alliance has a tall order as it has to demonstrate to the court that, indeed, there were instances in which the law was not complied with and show how such irregularities influenced the final results of the elections. The case was postponed to next Wednesday.

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