Chilima, Chakwera submissions ask court to declare Malawi presidential elections ‘invalid, null and void’

Lawyers for first petitioner Saulos Chilima and second petitioner Lazarus Chakwera  challenging the re-election of President Peter Mutharika in May  have asked the Constitutional Court in their final submissions to overturn the result of the poll.

Petitioners Chakwera and Chilima in their separate submissions want presidential election results to be declared ‘invalid, null and void’

The submissions by Chilima and Chakwera, losing presidential candidates for UTM Party and Malawi Congress Party (MCP), respectively, are circulating in public ahead of their oral submissions  in court set for this week.

The 41-page submission filed by Chilima’s lead counsel  Dr Chikosa Silungwe states that the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) had failed to hold a legitimate election and that the results were therefore “invalid, null and void.”

The submissions argue that presidential electuon breached the Constitution of Malawiparticulary on Sections 5, 6, 12 and 80.

It also cited a number of sections that the polls violated in Presidential and Parliamentray Elections Act (PPEA).

“The irregularity and fraud in the elections were substantial and significant that they affected the integrity of the elections,” reads the submission by Silungwe.

The submission further ask court to  declare that Mutharika was “not validly declared the President elect and that the declaration is invalid, null and void.”

It states: “My Lady and My Lords, we pray as follow; a declaration that the presidential elections of 21 May 2019 are null and void.”

Chakwera’s 127 pages long submission also prays to court to order that MEC should  rescind its declaration thatr President Mutharika had been duly elected  “on the grounds that there were irregularities and  contraventions of the Constitution and Electoral Laws.”

Signed by Titus Mvalo, one of the lawyers who represented  Chakwera in the case, the submissions ask the court to  declare that Mutharika was not duly elected under  section 100 (3) (b) of the PPEA.

Chakwera lengthy  submissions also  cites alleged violations to Section 6 of the Constitution, which deals with expression of the will of the people through universal and equal suffrage in elections held in accordance with the Constitution in a manner prescribed by Parliament and Section 40 of the Constitution in regard to political rights of citizens who include the voters.

It further says the elections were managed in contravention of:

  • Section 71 of the PPEA—security of work items at polling stations, Section 76 of the Constitution,
  • Section 81 of the PPEA which deals with polling only after verification that there are no irregularities;
  • Section 90 of the PPEA—in regard to collection of unused ballot papers and placing them in sealed envelopes,
  • Section 91 of the PPEA—in regard to classification of null and void votes, votes for each candidate and extensive vote tampering.

Chakwera and Chilima, in their separate submissions, further agree that MEC was negligent in the administration of the elections and failed to ensure the security, transparency, openness, verifiability, accuracy and other essential features of an election process that is free and fair.

The lawyers for MEC and President Peter Mutharika, who is the first respondent in the case and was declared winner of the May 21 elections, are expected to also file final submissions in response to the submissions by the opposition challengers.

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Irishman
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Irishman

two naughty monkeys challenging results

Chizamusoka
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Chizamusoka

How many people need to have their rights denied inorder to have an election nullified? Or rather how many votes need to be un accounted for for a nullification to be effected?

Xxxxx
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Xxxxx

Brutum fulmen aka empty thunder!!! Greed has led them astray and Filing petitions based on valid irregularities at four polling centres out of 5,002. Mcp and utm have so far failed to prove how tippex affected their vote count. They think A tallysheet is a legal instrument hence tippex on a tally sheet can be equated to tippex on an invoice or cheque. Utter Rubbish

Opportunist
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Opportunist

Am in agreement with that

Peter T
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Peter T

We are tired of bra, bra, bra bra bra on this case . I think judges they know what to do. If they want this crisis to continue let them do, if they want this country to change let them do as well. I know there is some tricks that are going on mong those judges but Malawians do not worry bout Human beings God he is there for us. God will make way out for us.

Nyapapi
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Nyapapi

Kkkk this is double blow to the respondents. The two have collaborated in their submission that gives challenges in responding.

Political affiliation aside, the legal process is skewed against the respondents

Bob Finye
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Bob Finye

But they refused to accept MEC declaration.

Kuswa Kuswa
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This prayers illogical given the absence of facts and figures based tangible evidence. Let the two musketeers Arafat and the fake accent ex-reverend Nyolonyo continue to roam around in the fools paradise.

Mr Truth Pains
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Wait for the shocker, bcoz the so called Arafat and Fake reverand of yours are going to win this case.

SKC and Dr Chakwera are true representative of Malawians and not this American who just came here not to develop Malawi but to rob it of its richness.
They have indeed enriched themselves, they came here with nothing but now they are billionaires while Malawians are still suffering.

Puludzu
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Kkkkkkkkkk ziliko. Koma muwina?

Kuswa Kuswa
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Have you joined them in the same paradise?