Zimbabwe Opposition Lodges Appeal Against Election Result

Zimbabwe Opposition Lodges Appeal Against Election Result

"All proceedings are suspended pending the determination of the Constitutional Court".

"It will no longer happen".

Cde Mnangagwa said inauguration processes were going ahead as planned for Sunday, but that could stop if the MDC-Alliance files its petition today challenging the presidential results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Mnangagwa won 50.8% of the vote while Chamisa's polled 44.3% in Zimbabwe's first election since Robert Mugabe was ousted after 37 years as president in November.

The MDC alliance filed their paperwork with Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Friday, alleging the result of the July 30 vote had been rigged in favour of incumbent Mnangagwa, the leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party.

The courts may take one day or three days but that has to be within the 14 days.

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

"We have a good case and cause!" he tweeted shortly after filing the challenge.

"There will not be any inauguration this Sunday until this matter has been resolved in the courts", said Chamisa's lawyer Thabani Mpofu said.

Judges have 14 days to rule on the case, and could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, according to the Veritas legal group.

"On the basis of the evidence we have placed before the court, we seek in the main relief to the effect that the court should declare the proper victor and the proper victor is my client", Mpofu told reporters outside.

Britain's Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin said in a statement she had spoken to Chamisa and Zimbabwe's Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo to urge calm while the election challenge was being considered by the court.

"I am confident they have no case".

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

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.