The Constitutional Court will hear the opposition’s challenge to the presidential election results on August 22.
The announcement follows the filing of opposing papers by President Elect Emmerson Mnangagwa’s lawyers and the electoral commission arguing the case should be thrown out on a technicality.
Both,the Zimbabwe Election Commission and ruling Zanu-PF claim the opposition filed its challenge too late.
Popular opposition leader Nelson Chamisa narrowly lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa but Chamisa’s party alleges massive rigging and “gross mathematical errors”.
The opposition wants the poll nullified or a declaration of Chamisa as the winner of the July 30 vote.
The court has 14 days from Friday’s filing to rule.
The inauguration is on hold until then.
The election which started on peaceful note despite evident state media bias and unreliable voters’ roll turns chaotic when soldiers shot and killed civilians in the capital Harare.
Reports say between 6 to 10 civilians were killed by soldiers. Mnangagwa has publicly blamed the opposition for the massacre.