Zimbabwe’s Chamisa challenges election result; inauguration halted

Zimbabwe's main opposition party has filed a legal challenge to the July 30 presidential election results, a move that puts a hold on the swearing-in of incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa, which was planned for Sunday.

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

Suspected Zanu-PF agents are hunting down MDC-Alliance polling officers in Masvingo Province in order to force them to sign doctored V11 forms which according to sources are created to tally with the election results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

The opposition party has demanded either fresh elections or the instalment of their candidate, Nelson Chamisa, as president.

The MDC, which had seven days in which to file its petition, arrived at the court less than an hour before it closed. "But if they want to meet us in court we have sufficient legal minds to meet them squarely in court".

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

At least six people were killed two days after the vote in clashes between security forces and MDC Alliance supporters who alleged that Mr Chamisa had been robbed of victory.

The opposition said the result was rigged.

"Zimbabwe's human and constitutional rights must be protected by the state".

The filing says opposition agents were not given the chance to sign off on election results as required before they were announced, and that "the entire process of collating, verifying and counting the presidential ballots was done under a cloud of secrecy".

Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU PF party dismissed the legal action.

Vanessa Coleman

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