Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court has upheld President Mnangagwa’s victory in the July 30 harmonised elections and dismissed, with costs, an application by MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to have the election results nullified.
Sitting with eight other judges, Chief Justice Luke Malaba said; “The application is dismissed with costs. In terms of Section 93, subsection 4 subparagraph (a) of the Constitution Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is duly declared the winner of the presidential elections held on the 30th of July 2018.”
Chief Justice Malaba said a full judgement will be issued in due course.
Lawyers for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had argued that the results should be annulled due to alleged “massive doctoring” of the vote.
The MDC had cited a catalogue of alleged discrepancies including incorrect counting, fake “ghost” polling stations, and at some polling stations more ballots being counted than there were registered voters.
However, Mnangagwa said in a television address after the ruling, “Let us put whatever differences we might have behind us. It is time to build our nation and move forward together.”