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Zimbabwe opposition on deadline to appeal election result

Zimbabwe opposition on deadline to appeal election result

The MDC Alliance on Friday filed its court papers at the Constitutional Court to challenge the outcome of Zimbabwe's general elections held on July 30.

The Zimbabwe elections body, ZEC, declared Mnangagwa victor of the hotly contested polls with 50.8% of valid votes cast.

The Constitutional Court now has 14 days to rule on the legal challenge by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration, Cde Obert Mpofu, has stated that the MDC Alliance exposed its hypocrisy in the just ended elections by wanting to win at all costs yet any race produces a victor and a loser.

Advocate Mpofu said the applicant has enough evidence including alleged statistical misrepresentations by the elections administration body, ZEC and other factors that included an uneven playing field.

The latest developments mean the planned inauguration of President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa, can not go ahead today as scheduled as the court has to deal with the matter first.

Party leader Nelson Chamisa tweeted: "Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

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It said it had received numerous complaints of intimidation, often by men in military uniform, of voters thought to have backed the opposition.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, his lawyer told Reuters news agency on Friday. "We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted", MDC party lawyer Thanbani Mpofu said.

Analysts say the legal challenge has little chance of success given the courts' historic tilt towards the ZANU-PF, which has ruled since independence from British colonial rule in 1980.

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

‏Tendai Biti was released earlier today following my intervention.

LISTEN: What's next for Zimbabwe's opposition after elections?

I am deeply concerned by the violence and human rights violations which have taken place in Zimbabwe since last week's elections.


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