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Zim opposition says election challenge to be heard in court on 22 August

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa says the 30 July presidential vote was rigged by a biased electoral commission.

FILE: Zimbabwe opposition leader and president of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Nelson Chamisa in Harare on 3 July 2018. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Zimbabwean opposition’s challenge against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election victory will be heard in the Constitutional Court on 22 August, the opposition leader’s spokesman said on his Twitter account on Thursday.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa says the 30 July presidential vote, the first since the removal of Robert Mugabe last year, was rigged by a biased electoral commission. The electoral commission and Mnangagwa say there was no foul play.

The Constitutional Court can throw the case out, declare a new winner or order a fresh election.

Meanwhile, Mnangagwa has condemned what he calls the “grossly childish court” petition by his rival Chamisa.

In opposing papers filed in Harare’s Constitutional Court, Mnangagwa says Chamisa’s challenge to his declared presidential poll win in July should be dismissed with costs.

The president calls on the court to throw out Chamisa’s application.

He said Chamisa hadn’t placed before it [court] any evidence of irregularities to justify setting aside the results of the July poll.

Mnangagwa accuses Chamisa’s legal team of relying on data from unreliable sources and making unsubstantiated allegations.

Chamisa claims he got more votes than Mnangagwa, but says the results were rigged to rob him of victory.