Zimbabwe court rejects opposition bid to annul election results

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe court rejects opposition bid to annul election results

HARARE | Emmerson Mnangagwa (75) of Zanu-PF has officially been declared as the elected President of The Republic of Zimbabwe after the country's Constitutional Court (ConCourt), through Chief Justice Luke Malaba and 8 other judges, upheld results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) early this month declaring the ruling party's candidate as victor of elections held on 30 July, 2018.

The Constitutional Court dismissed an opposition bid to have presidential election results annulled over alleged rigging.

As Chief Justice Malaba noted in the court's judgement today, it is not up to the courts to decide elections but it is up to the people.

Another opposition leader said that he still believes elections were unfair. "Therefore, the application ought to be dismissed and as a result, the application is dismissed with costs".

A lawyer for the opposition and its 40-year-old candidate Nelson Chamisa, Thabani Mpofu, told reporters, "it's up to you to conclude" if justice has been served.

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He also said that ZEC counting errors submitted as evidence by the MDC had no bearing on the election results.

Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won the election with 50.8 percent of the vote - just enough to pass the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff against Chamisa, who finished second with 44.3 percent. "There are other means to resolve this dispute, but the MDC wants to make it clear that it will act within the confines of the law", he said.

Thembinkosi Magwaliba, representing Mnangagwa, dismissed claims that the opposition had produced any evidence of fraud.

The 75-year-old Mnangagwa, a former enforcer for Mugabe, took power after Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure.

In a first for Zimbabwe, the proceedings were broadcast live on state television.

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Six people were shot dead when soldiers opened fire on opposition demonstrators in the centre of Harare two days after the vote, and scores were subsequently arrested by security agencies. It also alleged that some polling stations recorded more voters than those registered.

"The outcome (was) pretty predictable", Matyszak told AFP.

Mnangagwa, is now most likely be inaugurated on Sunday.

Worldwide monitors largely praised the conduct of the election itself, although European Union observers said that Mnangagwa, a former long-time Mugabe ally, benefited from an "un-level playing field".

The court could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount.

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