Full Judgment – Constitutional Court Ruling on Nelson Chamisa’s 2018 Presidential Election Petition

Full Judgment

MALABA CJ: On 24 August 2018 the Constitutional Court (“the Court”) handed down the abridged version of the judgment in the case in which the applicant challenged the validity of the Presidential election held on 30 July 2018. The order made was in these terms –

The application ought to be dismissed.

In the result, the following order is made –

  1. The court application is dismissed with costs.
  2. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa was duly elected as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
  3. In terms of section 93(4)(a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is declared the winner of the Presidential election held on 30 July 2018.
  4. The papers filed by the fifth, the sixth, the seventeenth, the eighteenth and the twentieth respondents are expunged from the record of proceedings with no order as to costs.
  5. The application for condonation of non-compliance with the procedural requirements of s 93(1) of the Constitution, as given effect to by r 23(2) as read with r 9(7) of the Rules, is granted.

The Court indicated that the full reasons would be issued in due course. These are they. The full judgment incorporates the reasons that formed the basis of the abridged version.

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Source: Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe