Chinamasa speaks on presidential timelines
Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter POLITICAL parties wishing to challenge the validity of the results of the Presidential election won resoundingly by President Mugabe last week have up to this Saturday to lodge their applications with the Constitutional Court. In an interview yesterday, outgoing Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa said sections 93 and 94 of the new Constitution addressed the issue of Constitutional Court challenges and swearing in of the President. “Section 93 of the Constitution gives seven days after the announcement of the results as the period within which anyone who wants to challenge the validity of results has to mount their challenge with the Constitutional Court,” he said.
“However, if there is a challenge lodged with the Constitutional Court , the court has 14 days to determine the case and if it is thrown away then the President would be sworn in within 48 hours from the determination of that challenge,” Minister Chinamasa said. In the event that the court invalidates the election, fresh polls have to be conducted within 60 days after the determination.
The MDC-T has indicated that it would challenge the outcome of the elections in which President Mugabe garnered a whopping 2 110 434 votes (61,09 percent) while his main rival Mr Tsvangirai managed 1 172 349 votes (33,94 percent).... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Herald