Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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MDC Alliance has missed the 4pm deadline today to file the court case to challenge the presidential election results.

Should the alliance petition be filed today, the inauguration will be guided by Section 93 (3) of the Constitution which speaks of the court having to determine whether the President-elect has been elected correctly and if so, after the judgment has been passed, inauguration has to happen within 48 hours.

The MDC Alliance's legal representatives‚ Chris Mhike and Sylvester Hashiti‚ and his chief election agent‚ Jameson Timba‚ arrived at the court about 30 minutes before the courts closed for the end of the day at 4pm to file the papers.

Advocate Mpofu said the applicant has enough evidence including alleged statistical misrepresentations by the elections administration body, ZEC and other factors that included an uneven playing field.

The Constitutional Court, which can declare a new victor or order a fresh election, must rule within 14 days of an election petition.

"Mr Biti is in good condition and we will follow the case closely".

The MDC accuses Mr Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party of rigging the vote, the first poll since long-time president Robert Mugabe was ousted in November.

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Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

Former minister of education David Coltart added his voice to confirm the filing of the court papers to challenge the presidential results and some constituencies.

The aftermath of the polls has been marred by allegations by rights groups as well as by the MDC of a crackdown on opposition members, including beatings and arrests.

Also on Friday, lawyers for senior opposition figure Tendai Biti asked judges to throw out charges against him over the protests against alleged election fraud, in a case raising further worldwide concern about the new government.

"Zimbabwe faces a awful threat from a group of people that has no respect for the law", Biti, who was granted bail Thursday, told the court before his case was adjourned until next week. 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 worldwide obligations and commitments.

After the Tendai Biti saga, America has re-instated the ZIDERA sanctions against the people of Zimbabwe for the next 5 years.

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