Zimbabwe opposition file presidential poll challenge

Zimbabwe opposition file presidential poll challenge

Mnangagwa's inauguration planned for Sunday was postponed until the court makes its ruling.

"The concerns on the welfare of Tendai Biti are foremost in the minds of many in the global community; you have seen a statement from the EU, Canada, Australia and the United States of America", he said while referring to an earlier statement by in which the western countries called on authorities to stick to the confines of the law in handling alleged political violations by the opposition.

The legal team representing MDC-Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa filed their petition challenging the presidential election results at the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe.

Mnangagwa was suppose to be sworn-in on Sunday.

Party lawyers arrived at the court in the capital, Harare, with plastic boxes full of paperwork.

"We have a good case and cause!" he tweeted shortly after filing the challenge.

Mnangagwa, who took over after a military intervention in November 2017, had vowed the first elections after the conclusion of Mugabe's 37-year rule would be free and fair.

MDC Alliance lawyers say they want the election results overturned, they say the inauguration must not happen and they say some of the evidence they have are vital poll papers, V11 forms, that show an attempt to tamper with figures.

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According to ZEC, the President elect secured 50.8 percent of the votes against his closest rival, Chamisa's 43.3 percent.

The opposition MDC lodged a legal challenge to last weeks election, alleging widespread irregularities.

After many speculations, Zimbabwe Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi put the issue to rest by announcing that Mnangagwa's inauguration has been indefinitely deferred after election court challenge.

She said the United States Government is deeply concerned that Zambia chose to hand over Mr Biti to the Zimbabwean authorities, and in the face of a reported Zambian court order blocking his expulsion from Zambia.

"In the alternative, we seek that there be another election which complies with the dictates of the law", Mpofu said.

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

On August 1, soldiers opened fire on MDC protesters, killing six people and sparking an worldwide outcry.

"Zimbabwe faces a bad threat from a group of people that has no respect for the law", Biti, who was granted bail Thursday, told the court.

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