Home » Business » AUG 22 SET TO HEAR OPPOSITION PETITION AGAINST RESULTS OF ZIMBABWE’S JULY 30 PRESIDENTIAL POLLS

HARARE-- Chief Justice Luke Malaba has set Aug 22 as the date on which the Constitutional Court will hear the court challenge filed by the main opposition party, the MDC Alliance, against the results of Zimbabwe's July 30 presidential election.

Incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling Zanu PF party was declared winner of the presidential poll, having garnered 50.8 per cent of the vote against 44.3 per cent for his closest rival, MDC Alliance candidate Nelson Chamisa.

Chamisa, however, claimed he had won the poll, and accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of manipulating the final tally in favour of the incumbent and mounted a court challenge in a bid to overturn the results.

The Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs, Paul Mangwana, who is part of President Mnangagwa's strong legal team, said the date had been set at Thursday's pre-trial meeting with the Chief Justice. The meeting went on very well. The Chief Justice said the matter is going to be heard on Wednesday next week at 10 am, he told New Ziana.

The other issue is only a technical matter, the applicants should file their heads of arguments by Saturday 12 pm and we are supposed to file our heads of arguments by (next week) Monday 12 pm.

Mangwana said they were more than confident of winning the case. We think the only achievement which this team has managed is to delay the President from serving the people of Zimbabwe, he said. To us the hearing is just a formality.

President Mnangagwa's lawyers have filed papers opposing the MDC Alliance's application, arguing that the poll was conducted in a free and fair environment, with the outcome reflecting the will of the people of Zimbabwe.

The Constitutional Court has 14 days to deal with the matter and its decision will be final. The Court has the power to nullify the poll result and order fresh elections within 60 days or declare a winner.

If the Court upholds President Mnangagwa's victory, his inauguration must take place within two days after the court's ruling.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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