Zimbabwe: Top-court upholds President Mnangagwa’s election victory

Zimbabwe’s top Constitutional Court has upheld the victory of President Mnangagwa by rejecting the bid made by the largest opposition party to dismiss the results of the Presidential elections held last month. Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa failed to provide credible evidence to prove the accusations of fraud in the elections. Chief Justice Luke Malaba, thus rejected the plea of the Movement for Democratic Change.

The Court mentioned in the verdict that the charges levied by the opposition leader stand dismissed and Emmerson Mnangagwa is declared the winner of Presidential elections which were held on July 30th. President Mnangagwa stated that he was not surprised by the verdict and asked his supporters to maintain peace, law and order.

President Mnangagwa took to Twitter and said, “Nelson Chamisa, my door is open and my arms are outstretched, we are one nation, and we must put our nation first. Let us all now put our differences behind us. It is time to move forward together”.

The complaint filed by the opposition MDC party cited alleged faults like improper and wrong vote counting and fake polling stations. The complaint also carried mention of incidences where in the voting centres the number of votes cast exceeded the number of voters registered.

President Mnangagwa belongs to the ZANU-PF party  which had won the election with 50.8 percent votes. The number was just enough to pass the threshold required to avoid a run-off against Chamisa who had managed to bag 44.3 percent votes. The court petition had delayed the inauguration of President which will now have to be conducted within 48 hours of the ruling of the court.

Mnangagwa had assumed power in 2017 after military intervention which had resulted in ousting of President Mugabe who had ruled the country for 37 years. Even in the July 30 parliamentary elections, ZANU-PF had bagged a clear majority in the 210 parliament.

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