Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Dali Mpofu to represent MDC Alliance as they challenge Zim election result

Dali Mpofu to represent MDC Alliance as they challenge Zim election result

Mr Chamisa tweeted: "Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

Police were looking for Biti and eight other opposition leaders for allegedly fomenting violence following the disputed national election. "For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge", Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, said.

Mnangagwa, who is seeking to reverse Zimbabwe's economic isolation and attract desperately needed foreign investment, had vowed the elections would turn a page on Mugabe's repressive 37-year rule.

Chamisa has claimed he won 56 percent of votes and called the election "fraudulent, illegal and illegitimate".

The electoral commission declared the Zanu-PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa had 50.8% of votes against the MDC Alliance's Nelson Chamisa's 44.3%.

"We've managed to place before the court forms that show the (results) figures were erased".

The filing of the petition also means Mnangagwa's inauguration, which had been scheduled for Sunday, will have to be cancelled until the court renders a decision on the matter.

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The aftermath of the election has been marred by allegations of a crackdown on opposition members, including beatings and arrests. The opposition said the result was rigged.

On August 1, soldiers opened fire on MDC protesters, killing six people and sparking an global outcry. We call on Zimbabwe's leaders to guarantee Mr. Biti's physical safety and ensure his constitutional and human rights are respected, consistent with the rule of law and Zimbabwe's global obligations and commitments.

"The ZHRC has established that there is hunting down and harassment of polling agents for independent candidates and opposition political parties", it said.

On August 1, clashes broke out between security forces and opposition supporters.

The challenge to the election result comes one day after MDC Alliance politician Tendai Biti appeared in court on charges of inciting violence.

The president-elect who is to be sworn into office this weekend and his party, Zanu-PF, have welcomed the court action.

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