HARARE – The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) asked on Friday Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court to overturn the results of the July 30 presidential election.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) proclaimed incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa the winner with 50.8 percent of the vote, compared with 44.3 percent for the MDC’s Nelson Chamisa.
“Our legal team successfully filed our court papers. We have a good case and cause!!” Chamisa tweeted Friday.
The opposition legal team arrived at the court at 4:00 pm, barely half an hour before the deadline for filing a challenge to the electoral results, Zimbabwean media reported.
The MDC and Chamisa began questioning the results on election day and rejected the figures released by the ZEC.
The MDC appeal means that Mnangagwa’s inauguration will not take place as scheduled on Sunday. The court has 14 days to rule on the motion.
If the court upholds the result, Mnangagwa is to be sworn-in within 48 hours of the decision, while a ruling in favor of the opposition would trigger a new presidential election in 60 days.