ZIMBABWE: PRESIDENCY/SABANEWS /8/8/18 SABANews 1
HARARE – The leader of the opposition MDC ALLIANCE in ZIMBABWE has reportedly filed his papers with the Constitutional Court where he is challenging the 2018 Presidential Poll result.
NELSON CHAMISA alleges he won the ballot, but accuses the Electoral Commission of stealing his victory for President-elect EMMERSON MNANGAGWA.
The privately owned NEWS DAY quotes what it calls MDC ALLIANCE senior officials as saying Advocate THABANI MPOFU is leading a team of lawyers who will work on the case.
The ruling ZANU PF Party says it has a team of 12 legal experts to defend the victory of its leader in the Presidential ballot of 30 JULY.
The State-run HERALD newspaper quotes ruling Party Finance Secretary PATRICK CHINAMASA as saying the litigation is uncalled-for.
Ongoing developments have brought anxiety among ZIMBABWEANS who have been looking forward to the inauguration of President-elect EMMERSON MNANGAGWA.
The challenge against his victory in the 2018 vote means cannot take oath basing on the last THURSDAY declaration by Electoral Commission Chairperson PRISCILLA CHIGUMBA.
While the Constitution says aggrieved candidates can challenge the validity of an election of a President in the Constitutional Court within SEVEN days, it does not leave the State House unoccupied.
It says an elected President assumes office when he or she takes oath before the Chief Justice on the NINTH day after they are declared to be elected.
However, in the event of a challenge against their election, they will do so within 48 hours after the Constitutional Court has declared them to be the winners.
Meanwhile, the incumbent Head of State, in this case President MNANGAGWA, continues in office until the assumption of office by the President-elect, whoever between the TWO wins the case in the following FORTNIGHT.
In another development, HARARE Magistrate NYASHA VHITORINI has granted a 50-US-dollar bail to each of the 27 MDC ALLIANCE activists arrested for violent protests of last week.
The accused are allegedly members of the group that caused chaos in the capital, condemning the Electoral Commission for what they called delays in announcing presidential election results.
ZIMBABWE voted peacefully on 30 JULY, and the world community has described the campaign period prior to the polls as free and fair; but the post-voting violence and the ongoing presidential results challenge threaten to change things./Sabanews/cam