Zimbabwe: Opposition challenges election result in court

11 August, 2018, 04:57 | Author: Myra Gill
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Former minister of education David Coltart added his voice to confirm the filing of the court papers to challenge the presidential results and some constituencies.

The electoral commission declared the Zanu-PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa had 50.8% of votes against the MDC Alliance's Nelson Chamisa's 44.3%.

The United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, said it would be a serious violation of worldwide law if Zambian authorities had handed Biti over despite a court order to the contrary, which his lawyer said had indeed been issued by the Zambian High Court.

The Constitutional Court can nullify the results in which case there has to be a fresh election within 60 days. "For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge", Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, said.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, his lawyer told Reuters news agency.

BMI Research, a Fitch think-tank, has warned of prolonged social unrest and slow pace of economic reforms owing to the disputed outcome of polls held last month in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared victor. We have a good case and cause!

But the MDC Alliance say the security forces have launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition following the disputed poll.

Mr Mnangagwa has appealed for peace and promised an independent investigation into the post-election violence.

"Unrest following the release of partial results from Zimbabwe's July 30 general election suggests rising risks to the country's ability to emerge from decades of isolation and enact structural economic reforms", warned the research think-tank in its latest report on the southern African country.

Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance official Tendai Biti was released on $5,000 bail by a court in Harare on Thursday evening.

Zambia risks losing aid from the USA government following the forced deportation of Zimbabwean opposition politician Tendai Biti.


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