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Zimbabwe's opposition challenges election results in court

AP  |  Harare 

Zimbabwe's main opposition party today filed a legal challenge to the results of the country's first election without on the ballot, alleging irregularities and calling for a fresh vote or for their candidate to be declared the winner.

The filing brings more uncertainty to a country that had hoped the peaceful vote would begin a new era but has been rocked by scenes of military in the streets and opposition supporters harassed and beaten.

The court now has 14 days to rule, and said the inauguration, once planned for Sunday, "is on hold' until then. Lawyers for the arrived at court less than an hour before the deadline to submit papers. "We have a good case and cause!" Chamisa said on

The Electoral Commission has said and the ruling won the July 30 election, with the receiving 50.8 per cent of the vote and Chamisa receiving 44.3 per cent.

"We have managed to place before the courts all the mathematical and statistical irregularities," told journalists as they emerged from the courthouse. A copy of the filing was not immediately available.

The opposition has claimed since shortly after the election that the vote was rigged but withheld evidence for the court challenge. A number of grassroots groups and NGOs that fanned out across the country have released reports questioning high turnout in some areas, striking differences in the number of voters for and parliamentary seats in some cases and other concerns.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 01:00 IST