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Zimbabwe Elections 2018: MDC to challenge Mnangagwa victory

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Emmerson Mnangagwa won Zimbabwe presidential election, court rules

The MDC plans to approach the courts in a bid to challenge the results of the presidential poll, which declared ZANU-PF’s Emmerson Mnangagwa the winner.

The Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, confirmed on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 that it would be challenging Emmerson Mnangagwa’s win at last week’s historic presidential elections.

The party’s legal counsel Thabani Mpofu said to reporters, “Those results represent a total negation of the will of the people,” he said. “The election results made by ZEC will be challenged.”

Mpofu announced that they would be filing court papers ahead of the Friday deadline. Under Zimbabwe’s law, the deadline for filing the challenge is Friday. The Constitutional Court must rule on the petition within 14 days, which would delay Mnangagwa’s inauguration, scheduled for Sunday.

Mpofu added that: “ZEC’s figures in our view grossly mathematically fail to tally.”

The commission announced that Mnangagwa, The ZANU-PF leader, claimed victory in the presidential polls, scoring 50.8 percent of the total votes, while the MDC’s Nelson Chamisa, received 44.3% of the votes.

The MDC Alliance maintains that the votes were rigged.

On Tuesday, 7 August 2018, Chamisa claimed he had evidence, which would prove that they did, in fact, win the election. “I’ve just finished going through the evidence per our agents & V11 forms from across Zimbabwe. We WON this election emphatically. ZEC’s figures are falsified & inflated in favour of the outgoing President. We are ready for the inauguration & formation of the next [government]”, he said.

Thabo Baloyi
t.baloyi@politicalanalysis.co.za

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