Parties To The Election Challenge Meet In Court Ahead Of Hearing
Parties to the election petition by MDC-Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa will today meet at the Constitutional Court Registry office to consolidate the record in preparation for the hearing of the challenge on Wednesday.
Chamisa, claims the election was rigged. He accuses the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of conniving with Zanu-PF to rig the election in favour of Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa was declared winner of the election with 50,8 percent of the total vote against Mr Chamisa who got 44,3 percent.
The meeting will be held in compliance with an order issued last week by Chief Justice Luke Malaba at a case management meeting held in his chambers.
Part of the court order reads:
“By consent, it is ordered that consolidation of the record is to be attended to by the Registrar at 11am on Monday 20 August, 2018.
“All parties are expected to attend.”
Today’s meeting will be held after the filing of all the necessary court papers for the challenge to ensure the record will be in order.
In terms of the Chief Justice’s order of last week, Mnangagwa must file his head today at 10am.
Chamisa filed his heads of argument and answering affidavit on Saturday beating the court’s noon deadline.
In the petition, Chamisa alleges electoral fraud and malpractices during the elections in which Zanu-pf romped to victory, claiming two-thirds parliamentary majority, with President Mnangagwa taking a 6,5 percent lead.
Mnangagwa along with the other 21 losing presidential candidates and ZEC were all cited as respondents in the high-profile petition. In his response filed last Wednesday, President Mnangagwa argued that there was no valid election petition challenging his victory.
He raised several preliminary objections to the petition.
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