Zanu PF Confident Chamisa Has No Case After Election Challenge

Zanu PF Confident Chamisa Has No Case After Election Challenge

Zanu PF Confident Chamisa Has No Case After Election Challenge

MDC Alliance has missed the 4pm deadline today to file the court case to challenge the presidential election results.

Biti was Thursday charged with inciting poll related violence as well violating the country's electoral laws through claims MDC Alliance candidate Nelson Chamisa has romped to victory.

The first election since Robert Mugabe was forced to resign after a coup in November had been expected to end Zimbabwe's pariah status and launch an economic recovery but post-election unrest has reminded the country of its violent past.

Zimbabwe's constitution allows a presidential candidate to legally challenge electoral results within seven days of a victor being declared.

Posting on his blog twitter handle, Chamisa said: "Our legal team successfully filed our court papers.We have a good case and cause!" "There is no inauguration that will take place until the matter is determined by the court". "But if they want to meet us in court we have sufficient legal minds to meet them squarely in court", ZANU-PF legal secretary Paul Mangwana said.

It said it had received numerous complaints of intimidation, often by men in military uniform, of voters thought to have backed the opposition.

The court will have 14 days to make a ruling on the case.

The opposition MDC lodged a legal challenge to last weeks election, alleging widespread irregularities.

Also on Friday, lawyers for senior opposition figure Tendai Biti asked judges to throw out charges against him over the protests against alleged election fraud, in a case raising further global concern about the new government.

"Zimbabwe faces a awful threat from a group of people that has no respect for the law", Biti, who was granted bail Thursday, told the court.

The US diplomat said the global community, the US included, will continue to make sure that everyone following up on Biti's case was going to respect the opposition politician's "physical integrity, the human rights and constitutional rights and that the constitution of Zimbabwe is respected".

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