Zimbabweans await election petition judgement

Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabweans are on Friday awaiting the verdict of the Constitutional Court in the election petition case in which the leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance Nelson Chamisa is contesting the victory of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 30 July presidential poll.

The nine-member apex court, led by Chief Justice Luke Malaba, set the date to deliver judgement after listening to oral arguments on Wednesday from lawyers for President Mnangagwa, Chamisa and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Chamisa wants the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)’s declaration of Mnangagwa as the winner of the elections set aside, alleging several irregularities.

Chief Justice Malaba said judgement will be delivered at 2 pm (1200 noon GMT) on Friday.

President Mnangagwa won 50.8 per cent of the votes as against 44.3 per cent for Chamisa. There were 23 candidates.

The presidential, parliamentary and councillor elections were the first to be held since the Southern African country's long serving president, Robert Mugabe, was forced to resign in November last year. He had been leader since independence in 1980.
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24 august 2018 07:16:02

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