Zimbabwe PM challenges election results

CNC report from Harare
Added On August 10, 2013

Outgoing Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has filed an appeal in the top court, challenging results of the recent general election.

The vote was held on July 31, with 89-year-old Robert Mugabe re-elected as president and a complete victory for his Zanu-PF party.

The election also ends a shaky power-sharing government formed four years ago by Mugabe and Tsvangirai following a disputed poll.

Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change challenged President Robert Mugabe's re-election in the Constitutional Court on Friday, calling for a re-run of the July 31 vote it claims was rigged.

The opposition leader has refused to accept electoral defeat, citing a host of irregularities that he says compromised the credibility of the polls.

Tsvangirai said he wanted the electoral commission to furnish him with election material and information, including the number of spoiled ballot papers, the number of assisted voters and those turned away.

The Constitutional Court has a maximum of 14 days to deal with the matter and only when the case is settled will the new president be sworn into office.

According to official results, Mugabe won the presidential election with 61 percent of the vote, while Tsvangirai pocketed 34 percent.

The Zanu-PF also garnered a two-thirds majority in parliament.

Observers from the African Union, the Southern African Development Community and China have endorsed the polls as free and fair, and have urged Tsvangirai to accept defeat.

However, Western countries have expressed disapproval of Zimbabwe's polls, saying they were not credible due to fundamental flaws with the electoral process before and on the actual day of voting.