Is Constitutional Court likely to decide the election case by Thursday?


That is the question asked by one of the close watchers Jonathan Moyo, a former G40 kingpin who is now a staunch supporter of Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.

He raised the question after police put out a notice that they would close roads close to and adjacent to the Constitutional Court which will be hearing the election challenge case raised by Chamisa tomorrow.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission declared Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front leader Emmerson Mnangagwa the winner of the 30 July presidential poll but Chamisa rejected the result and challenged it in court.

He claims that he won the elections and should therefore be declared the winner or the court should order fresh elections.

One of the arguments put forward by his lawyers though suggests a run-off rather than fresh elections because they argue that Mnangagwa did not win the required 50 percent plus one vote.

ZEC results gave him more than 30 000 votes above the 50 percent.

Moyo’s question arose from the fact that police said they will close the roads for two days, tomorrow and Thursday between 6am and 6pm on both days.

In their notice the police appealed to Zimbabweans to remain calm and peaceful as the court process unfolds.

“We are therefore urging all interested parties to allow the due process of the court to be conducted without any hindrance,” the police said.

“We have noted with concern threats that are being propagated on social media meant to derail the court process.

“The ZRP and other security services are on high alert and will maintain law and order while ensuring that the public is safe and conduct their activities in the central business district in a peaceful environment.

“We warn all those bent on instigating violence that the law will be applied without fear or favour.”

Violence broke out in Harare on 1 August while ZEC was announcing election results resulting in six people being killed and 14 injured.



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