Zanu-PF supporter holds a poster with a photo Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa. PHOTO | AFP

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF party is expected to file a response in court Monday to the opposition MDC Alliance petition against the election of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president.

Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa filed a petition challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s July 30 election victory.

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Nelson Chamisa addresses a press conference at The Bronte Hotel in Harare on August 3, 2018. Chamisa has filed a petition challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s July 30 election victory. AFP PHOTO | JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader alleges electoral fraud and other malpractices during the historic polls, the first to held without former ruler Robert Mugabe.

MDC lawyer Thabani Mpofu said on Wednesday that the party had assembled a strong legal team to face off with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

His party says the poll was marred by “mammoth theft and fraud”, but the electoral commission insists that there was “no skulduggery”.

Mr. Mnangagwa won 50.8 per cent of the vote compared with Mr Chamisa’s 44.3 per cent.

The judges of the constitutional court have 14 days to rule on the case.

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