MDC has until Saturday to file petition

Robert Mugabe urged his supporters to be patient while the Constitutional Court hears the MDC's case.

Robert Mugabe urged his supporters to be patient while the Constitutional Court hears the MDC's case.

HARARE - Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa says the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has until Saturday to file their petition against President Robert Mugabe's victory after last week's polls.

The long-time Zimbabwean leader has urged his supporters to be patient while the Constitutional Court in Harare hears the MDC's case.

Chinamasa says if the MDC files its petition on Saturday, the court will need to make a ruling within 14 days.

The MDC has already said it will file a challenge to the presidential poll results on Friday as it argues there was massive rigging and fraud.

But the challenge will be heard by the same court that ruled against the MDC's appeal last month to delay the polls.

Mugabe has suggested a different legal timeframe.

He's quoted in Thursday's _Herald _newspaper telling his supporters his inauguration might be just seven days after the MDC mounts its challenge in the courts.

MDC ELECTIONS DIRECTOR DENIED BAIL

Meanwhile, the MDC's elections director who was arrested just before last week's elections in Zimbabwe has been denied bail by the High Court in Harare.

Morgan Komichi is being held at a maximum security prison in Harare, facing charges of voter fraud after he said he had found evidence of rigging during a special vote for police officers

Komichi has already spent 12 days in police custody.

He was arrested on 28 July after he handed over a ballot paper allegedly left in a dustbin at the Harare International Conference Centre where votes were counted after last month's special vote for police officers.

Komichi said the stray ballot pointed to election fraud.

But state prosecutors claim that Komichi himself committed fraud by illegally opening a pack of ballot papers.