Robert Mugabe Election Victory Challenged By MDC
Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has filed a legal challenge to President Robert Mugabe’s recent landslide election victory, with the Constitutional Court in Harare. According to the electoral petition, the result which showed that the incumbent, 89, won with 61% of the vote should be declared null and void and a new election should be called within 60 days.
The MDC’s 15 grounds for the challenge include alleged bribery, fraud, abuse of “assisted voting” and manipulation of the electoral roll. Furthermore, the MDC argue that in addition to alleged illegalities, MDC voters were intimidated by voters by Mugabe’s ZANU-PF.
Although lawyers representing the MDC at the country’s supreme court claim to have “strong evidence of electoral irregularities”, ZANU-PF has denied any vote-rigging in the election while President Mugabe dismissed critism of the polls and accused Western countries of being biased. Zimbabwe’s constitutional court has up to 14 days to respond to the legal challenge. But if the court upholds the results, Mr Mugabe must be sworn in within 48 hours of the ruling.
The MDC have also reported to be preparing to file a complaint on the parliamentary results, in which Zanu-PF party gained a parliamentary majority of more than two-thirds at a later date.