Zimabweans are anxiously waiting for a court verdict on the election petition filed by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. The constitutional court will issue the ruling at 2PM on Friday.
The July 30th election was reportedly rigged and marred by violence and intimidation which Chamisa says was the work of the ruling party aimed at securing a win for Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The country’s Chief Justice Luke Malaba — sitting with eight other Concourt judges — reserved judgment after hearing arguments from all the parties involved in the matter.
Opposition MDC-Alliance is confident that court may rule in their favour because according to them, there is substantial evidence that the election as not credible.
Chamisa is seeking nullification of President Mnangagwa’s victory and wants the court to declare him the winner.
However, subject to Provisions of the Zimbabwean constitution, if the court finds the results by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to be credible, the inauguration will be conducted within 48 hours of the judgment.
Still, if the court finds that none of the candidates got the 50% plus one vote threshold, a run-off will be ordered. In the event that the court invalidates the election process, then a rerun will be ordered within 60 days.
Chamisa alleges electoral fraud and malpractices during the elections in which President Mnangagwa won with 50.67% of the total vote. Chamisa only managed 44.3%.
President Mnangagwa contends that Chamisa’s petition is premised on alleged mathematical anomalies which have no factual basis.