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Zim Court Upholds Mnangagwa’s Election Victory

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s win in last month’s polls has been upheld by Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court.

The opposition MDC Alliance had brought the legal challenge saying the vote was marred by “mammoth theft and fraud”, but this was rejected by the court.

Delivering the verdict, Chief Justice Luke Malaba called allegations of tampering “bold and unsubstantiated”.

It was Zimbabwe’s first election since long-time leader Robert Mugabe was ousted from power last year.

Two days after the vote, at least six people were killed in clashes between the army and MDC Alliance supporters, who alleged that party leader Nelson Chamisa had been robbed of victory.

Ahead of the court ruling, the streets around the courthouse in the capital, Harare, were cordoned off by security forces.

What did the judges say?

In a unanimous judgement, the nine judges ruled against the opposition’s petition because they said it did not include sufficient evidence.

“The best evidence would have been the contents of the ballot boxes themselves,” Chief Justice Malaba said.

He also said that if the opposition had requested a re-count of the vote it would have provided “a clear and indisputable picture of the outcome of the election”.

Chief Justice Malaba then dismissed as “startling” the MDC Alliance’s claim that an official revision of the vote share was itself proof of irregularities.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly avoided a second-round run-off when he took 50.7% of the vote. Zec, the electoral commission, had revised this figure from the 50.8% it originally released.

Chief Justice Malaba said the body had “complied with prescribed procedures” when it announced the change.

What were the allegations?

Central to the opposition’s legal challenge was their claim that the recorded number of votes had been doctored to hand President Mnangagwa victory.

In Zimbabwe’s voting system, a candidate can win in the first round and avoid a second-round run-off if he or she secures more than 50% of the vote.

The opposition alleged that Mr Mnangagwa’s 50.7% vote share – which was just 30,000 more votes than the minimum needed for outright victory – was suspicious.

(Source: BBC News)

19 Comments

  1. Cyrus livermore camstar clc

    Congraturation to him

  2. JOSPHAT TSUNGANI MWAMBO NYIRONGO

    African politics,there is nothing good about them.It’s either election rigging or the president’s incomptence of ruling.

  3. Wongani

    zanu-pf won more seats than mdc and clear ruling party is stil in power. Opposition party has 2 prepare 4 other election may mdc may win them but i don’t see them ruling zimbabwe bcoz it’s the upnd of zimbabwe are using same style of politics.kikikiki…viva zanu-pf,viva

  4. BJAY SAMBAULU

    LONG LIVE MR.NEW PRESIDENT

  5. Mr dundumwenze

    Zimbabwe is still in problem with ZAnu pf,there will be no change.

  6. Chanzoms chamz

    Mwapenga basa

  7. Rocky

    I wonder how MDC party under Chamisa could have govern the country with less than 50 MPs in parliament when MPs for ZANU-PF are the majority. In African politics, it seems each time rulling party wins, it means rigging!!. Conglatrations Mr. Mnangagwa.

  8. Rocky

    I wonder how MDC party under Chamisa could have govern the country with minority number of MPs in parliament when MPs for ZANU-PF are the majority. In African politics, it seems each time rulling party wins, it means rigging and yet big number of MPs matters most. Conglatrations Mr. Mnangagwa.

  9. No favor

    Politics is clean played dirty players

  10. No favor

    Politics is clean game played dirty players

  11. Benny

    Everyone wants 2 taste manna at state house iyee even in ZM opposition political leaders wants 2 taste manna that’s why they are complaining that election were rigged.

  12. I. Chibwe.

    Hope you won genuinely , other wise it will be the beginning of your fall. Make sure you are people ‘s choice.

  13. cool

    Oppositions always are the source of problems .

  14. Mr Rains

    Leadership is never stolen from other leaders. If it’s not his time to rule Zimbabwe he will fail but if it’s his time he will do it with no fail, take it easy MDC your time will come

  15. Mr Rains

    Leadership is never stolen from other leaders. If it’s not his time to rule Zimbabwe he will fail but if it’s his time he will do it with no fail, take it easy MDC your time will come.MR RAINS from chipata Zambia

  16. Kayo

    Let’s only talk about voting in America,or other continents. Where white people are not here in africa

  17. Mr dundumwenze

    Ba pf bamuzambia ma silu they are busy defending ukawalala wamu Zimbabwe panyo panu masilu imwe.

  18. Prince

    Congratulations Mr.President!

  19. talalamusonda

    Congratulations

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