COURT WATCH 10/2019
[8th November 2019]
Constitutional Court’s Full Judgment Explaining Why the Court
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.