Mnangagwa’s inauguration may need to be postponed as MDC arrives at court

MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa

Zimbabwe opposition file presidential poll challenge

"For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge", Ziyambi said. This was according to Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi.

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, filed a court challenge on Friday against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory, he wrote on Twitter, a move that would delay Mnangagwa's inauguration that had been slated for this Sunday.

In the country's first elections since Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule came to an end, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) confirmed last week that the ruling Zanu-PF had picked up 50.8% of the votes that were cast, declaring Emmerson Mnangagwa the country's newly-elected president. If it does this successfully, the court could order a recount or nullify the result altogether.

"We have a good case and cause!" he tweeted shortly after filing the challenge. Given the tension in the preceding week, it is our hope that the MDC Alliance has secured adequate evidence to put up a decent fight with which they may be able to win if the court acts fairly and professionally.

The party must prove that any irregularities were grave enough to change the outcome of the vote.

Judges could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, the Veritas legal group said.

"We've managed to place before the court forms that show the (results) figures were erased", MDC party lawyer Thabani Mpofu told reporters. "We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted", MDC party lawyer Thanbani Mpofu said.

They may now need to send apologies just in case someone turns up.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, established under the 2013 constitution, on Friday released a damning report into the post-election crackdown.

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

At least six people were killed in violence that erupted after the vote as security forces clashed with MDC supporters who alleged that Chamisa had been robbed of victory.

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