BREAKING : Zimbabwe Election petition hearing set for August 22

August 16, 2018
| Report Focus News

Zimbabwe’s ruling party and opposition say the Constitutional Court will hear the opposition’s challenge to the presidential election results on Aug. 22.

The case management meeting attended by the parties in the chambers of the Chief Justice of Zimbabwe this morning

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa narrowly lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa but Chamisa’s party alleges “gross mathematical errors.” It seeks a fresh election or a declaration of Chamisa as the winner of the July 30 vote.

Mnangagwa’s lawyers and the electoral commission have filed papers saying the case should be thrown out, claiming the opposition filed its challenge too late.

The court has 14 days from Friday’s filing to rule. The inauguration is on hold until then.

Chamisa is arguing in his petition that Zec’s numbers show an inflation of votes allocated to Mnangagwa who was declared winner with a slim majority of 50.8%, just scrapping through avoiding a run-off by around 40 000 votes according to experts.

The peaceful vote raised hopes that Zimbabwe faced a new era after the November departure of longtime leader Robert Mugabe, but scenes of the military dispersing opposition protesters have caused a chill.

The Constitutional Court can throw the case out, declare a new winner or order a fresh election.