Chamisa’s Lawyer Explains Why They Had No Residue, Disputes Reports That They Had V11 Forms


Nelson Chamisa’s lead counsel Advocate Thabani Mpofu said that his legal team did not demand a recount of the votes as it was impossible given the time frame they had. Mpofu also dismissed reports that the MDC had no V11 forms, saying the exchange he had with the judges was about the residue, speaking to NewsDay, Mpofu said,

I represented Timba in 2013. What the Supreme Court upheld was that if you want residue in harmonised elections, you have to cite everyone involved — councillors to presidential candidates — because of this involved opening all the ballot boxes. So technically, it means you can’t get the residue in seven days to challenge the results…The exchange that I had with the judges was not about the V11, it was about the residue and what it means was what was in the ballot boxes. So when they were saying after the elections, if you decided that you wanted to challenge, you should’ve opened all ballot boxes, you obviously know that’s not possible. We had our V11 forms and presented them before the courts…So this issue that has gotten the country crazy about the fulcrum and the pith, it comes in that context of saying that once you want to show that he (Mnangagwa) did not win, that’s the fulcrum of the case and it does not depend on the residue and I think you can see that. It depends on Zec’s own numbers.

Chamisa has refused to accept Mnangagwa’s victory and has since taken the matter to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).

More: NewsDay


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