Dismissed Mr Chamisa’s 2018 Presidential Election Petition
The Constitutional Court has just released its full reasons for its 24th August 2018 decision dismissing Mr Chamisa’s election petition: Judgment CCZ 21/19, Nelson Chamisa & 24 Others v Emmerson Mnangagwa. The judgment is available on the Veritas website [link].
Veritas intends to distribute an analysis of this judgment due course.
Reminder : Background
- On 30th July 2018 Zimbabweans voted in the Presidential, Parliamentary and local authority elections.
- On 3rd August the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission declared Mr Mnangagwa, the ZANU PF candidate in the Presidential election, duly elected as President of Zimbabwe.
- On 10th August Mr Chamisa, the MDC-A candidate in the Presidential election, challenged the validity of this result by lodging an election petition in the Constitutional Court.
- On 22nd August the court heard arguments from the parties’ lawyers.
- On 24th August the court handed down its decision dismissing Mr Chamisa’s election petition, declaring Mr Mnangagwa the winner of the Presidential election, providing an abridged version of its reasons [link] and promising that its full reasons would be issued in due course.
Note: Section 93 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe obliges the Constitutional Court to determine such an election petition within fourteen days after it was lodged.
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