Chakwera ready to outline vote-rigging case in Malawi presidential elections

Lawyers representing  opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera, have said the second petitioner in the historic presidential election petition matter in Constitution Court, is ready to outline his case and be cross-examined next Tuesday.

First petitioner Chilima (r) tells Chakwera: Over to you in the witness stand
Opposition lawyer Titus Mvalo representing MCP : Ready

Lawyer Tutusa Mvalo told Nyasa Times in an interview on Thursday following the court order that Chakwera, who came second in the presidential race,be next to be in the witness stand on Tuesday as the case at the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe has taken took a dramatic turn with immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima  – the first petitioner -withdrawing all his 34 remaining witnesses.

The court was ready to start hearing Chakwera, but the parties, with endorsement of the court, collectively agreed that the case be adjourned to Tuesday next week to give them ample time prepare.

Mvalo said he is happy that the process so far has started to be expedited.

“Unlike in the first week we are now going at good pace,” said Mvalo SC.

Parties involved, Frank Mbeta  lawyer representing first respondent Peter Mutharika and Tamando Chokotho for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC),  however, demanded costs from Chilima as they invested on research and prepared for the case based on sworn statements the withdrawn witnesses filed.

Lawyers for petitioners and respondents submitted on why they should be paid costs or why they should not be ordered to pay costs and the court reserved its ruling to a later date.

Accoridng to court record, he MCP presidential hopeful  also asking the Constitutional Court to direct MEC to organise and conduct a fresh Presidential Election in strict conformity with the Constitution and  Presidential Parliamentray Election Act (PPEA).

Chakwera claims, in his sworn statement, that MEC accepted the use of results tally sheets defaced with Tippex as a record for the polled votes, in place of original results tally sheets with no Tippex on them, without any plausible justification.

“[And] further to the above enumerated irregularities; the conduct of MEC in managing the elections was utterly unjust and unconscionable.

“MEC proceeded to announce the results without conducting a thorough audit and verification of the results and in disregard of the several complaints lodged by the petitioner through MCP,” Chakwera complains.

He further claims that the electoral body had been negligent in its control and administration of the elections by failing to ensure that the relay of results from the polling stations was secure, accountable, accurate and verifiable.

Meanwhile,  MCP said they will prove  “several rigging acts” by suspected agents of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the results management of the May 21 Tripartite Elections as having distorted results in DPP’s favour.

MCP explicitly accuses DPP members, supporters, sympathisers, officials and agents of engaging in “several rigging acts” that allegedly distorted the results in favour of DPP “against the votes and will of the people of Malawi”.

The party has also cited cases of presiding officers at some polling stations in Dedza and Lilongwe districts, who allegedly denied MCP election monitors access to copies of results sheets despite the fact that the voting procedure designed by MEC required each monitor to keep a signed copy of the results.

MCP contends that Mutharika “won a fraudulent election” fraught with irregularities, including alleged stuffing of ballot papers with pre-marked ballots, tampering with election results sheets through correction fluid and being found in possession of  result sheets at home.

MEC declared Mutharika winner of the presidential race with 1 940 709 votes or 38.57 percent. The electoral body said Chakwera was on second position with 1 781 740 votes, representing 35.41 percent of the vote and Chilima, who debuted on the presidential ballot on UTM Party ticket after falling out with Mutharika last June, finished third with 1 018 369 votes or 20.24 percent.

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JOSEPH CHAGOMELANA
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ACHAKWELA ACHAKWELA ACHAKWELA, Y WASTIN UR TIME FOR NOTHING? BOLA KUBWELELA MKACHISI KUKATUMIKILA THAN KUTSILUKA IN POLITICS. ZIKUTHANDIZANI CHANI IZI.VOMELEZANI KUTI KULAMULA DZIKO ZAKUKANIKANI

giling''aande
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giling''aande

idiot

Huga
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Huga

Chiiima ndi Chakwera tangopitani mmiseu muzikzchita yanu ina yoombera nyau Mtambo mmanja ku ma demo.

Mbwiyache
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Mbwiyache

Chongolopiyo ndendende zinalako mmutu mwangozaza Chongolopiyo fusek

Jochi
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Jochi

I don’t see any sin for a man being a Rev to lead the country . who if not a fear loving God would you choose to direct the nation?/ why in Malawi’s national anthem you call for the name of creator to bless the country Malawi ? If you don’t need fearful people called Rev or pastors to give the nation directions? King Solomon was chosen by God to rule the nation David who killed Goliath the strength was from God we Read about Moses and Aaron who rescued Israel from the hands of pharaoh was sent by God… Read more »

Chukambiri
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Chukambiri

You mean OChakwera was sent by God to rule this country?

Ankolo
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Shupit, which God sent him?

Baby SKC
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Baby SKC

Dr chakwera is a shallow thinker who can’t think in abstract terms. Folder for council for the defense. A chakwera might just as well withdraw himself.

Jamax
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Jamax

Abusa mvetserani chomwe mzimu akunena kwa inu tsopano – Mulungu akuti ‘Musankhe nokha pakati pomutumikira iyeyo MULUNGU kapena kutumikira HRDC?’ Koma ziwani kuti chimene munthu afesa ndi chomwe azatute… (Kupita kwanu ku court ku khala kopanda mdalitso wake Mulungu ndipo zotsatila zake zikhala zokhumudwitsa pa moyo wanu wonse and will kill your spiritual life. Your family will be at shame and they will never be at peace. Please listen to what the spirit of God is saying he wants to save your life and your family from the demonic power of HRDC.

cipiliro
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cipiliro

This is a total lie, you cant be in a position of God judging someone who has got a right to seek court intervention in an issue he is discontented with, as well as right to participate in demonstration as stipulated in the constitution of the land. He is going to succeed in the court, may God bless Chakwera.

Chukambiri
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Chukambiri

The only sin Chakwera committed is to abandon the pulpit

giling''aande
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giling''aande

idiot

Ashi
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Ashi

Ashiraff

Ashiraff
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Ashiraff

Komatu ndi yetu akumulakwila wa ndevu zoyelayo

Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

kkkkkkkkk koma kumulanduku mwachulukako andevu za white bwanji kkkkkkk

FRED LOCK
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CHAKWERA WILL ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS WITH THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THE ANGELS OF GOD ARE WITH CHAKWERA THOUGH EVIL FORCE S CAN TRY TO INTMIDATE THEY SHALL FAIL

Ndangodutsamo
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Ndangodutsamo

Kkkkk kkkkk kkkkkk! Musandigwetse ndi phwete ineeeee. Holy spirit ku ndale? Kkkkkkk

Bwande
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Bwande

Not holy spirit but Gulewakulu spirit or mizimu spirit kkkkkkkk

Top
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Top

Palibe za Holy spirit izi ndi ndale Holy spirit anathawa kalekale.

Kandulu
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Kandulu

What is this cross examination all about. The poorly educated judges do not know what they are doing. The question is simple; does the use of tippex as a correction fluid legal or not in an election? That should not have taken more than a week for the court to answer.

Meanwhile the meeting in Lilongwe between Chakwera and military Generals will still take place this weekend.

Chongolopiyo
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Chongolopiyo

Inu ndiye muli highly educated. Tiwuzeni profession and ma degree anu

neutral guy
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neutral guy

you ve missed the point bro, the point is about how the use of tippex affected the valid votes count in favour of Peter Munthalika

giling''aande
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giling''aande

neutral idiot

Silungwe
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Silungwe

Pamene panagwilitsidwa ntchito tipex sipangakhalaenso valid votes pamenepo musanamizane