Chilima’s lawyer says irregularities had been established: Malawi presidential poll results were bastardised

UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Chilima’s lead lawyer in the historic presidential elections case, Dr Chikosa Silungwe has said  they have so far proved  their case in the May 21 elections  and that respondents, President Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) lawyers have agreed the irregularties  had been established.

Chilima lawyers outside court: Silungwe on the left

Silungwe told reporters in an interview outside the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe that both the petitioners and responded  firly agree presidential election results were  altered, mostly using correction fluid Tippex as well as pens.

“We have established that no originals were used in these elections, duplicates were used in these elections, fake sheets were used in the elections; tippexed sheets were used, in a number of cases no log books were used, presiding officers and assistant presiding officers never signed results sheets and log books,” said distinctively calm and cool talking  lawyer Silungwe, adding “We are all agreed there.”

He continued: “The difference that is arising is arising this way: the lawyers for Professor Mutharika and MEC are eloquently saying that despite that no originals were used, despite that fake sheets were used, despite that tippexed sheets were used, despite that duplicates were used, that should not matter as long as a valid vote count was not affected. We admire their eloquence but the point is this, it should actually matter.”

Chikusa said:“If you have used fake sheets in the elections;  if you have used tippexed sheets  in the elections, you cannot have valid vote count count according to the laws governing elections in this country.” said

He further said: “At the end of the day the court will have to decide this basic point, forget the eloquence.That is the basic point.”

Silungwe said while he di not want to pre-empt the final submission  Chilma lawyers will be making to court  in the proceedings, he can point out that the first petitioner’s team has demonstrated that as stipulated under the law, irregularities are defined as non-compliance with the law and all evidence has been pointing to this narrative.

“If you have not used original sheets when the  Presidenrial and Parliamentray  Election Act says you should; if you have used tippex sheest  when the PPE Act says you shouldn’t, you can make your own conclusion, I don’t have to make conclusions for you[I rest my case],” said Silungwe.

He pointed out that Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale asked the first petitioner, Chilima, to read the definion of irregularity in PPE ACT.

Silungwe said the definition of irregularity under the PPE Act means “non compliance .”

Being heard by a panel of five judges, Potani, Mike Tembo, Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu and Ivy Kamanga, the case has Chilima as the first petitioner and Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera as the second petitioner.

The petitioners contend that Mutharika “won a fraudulent election” fraught with irregularities, including alleged tampering with election results sheets through correction fluid, popularly known as Tippex.

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VYOTO
VYOTO
1 year ago

If Vuwa Kaunda loses his Nkhata Bay Central Parliamentary Seat on 16th September 2019 that is when we will all know the impact of irregularities on the outcome of the declared results, that is when some of you will understand the arguments being raised by Counsel Dr Silungwe, that is also when it will be proved beyond reasonable doubt that MEC staff, Commissioners and Jane Ansah were too compromised and too biased towards DPP. Let us assume Donors come forward with funding for reelections, will DPP win the elections now that MEC know how angry Malawians can be with rigged… Read more »

Joloza
1 year ago

Dr. Silungwe is like Saddam Hussein’s defence minister. He was speaking victory although Iraq was losing the battle to the enemy.

Joloza
1 year ago

Dr. Silungwe is like Sadam Hussein’s defence minister. He was confessing victory although Iraq was losing the battle 😂😂.

Noxy
1 year ago

Though am not a lawyer but the way the case is going on Dr Silungwe seems to turn a blind eye on very important issue of valid vote not manipulated.Period.

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago

Kodi wamwalira uja akuti mugabe kapena mutharika? Help me to understand plz!..👏👏👏

Winner Chang'ombe
1 year ago

Even my four year boy can give judgement on this case. waste of tax payers money.

Mesimadzi
Mesimadzi
1 year ago

Dr Silungwe, you have impressed me with your reference to PPE Act. Are you aware that PPE stands for Parliamentary and Presidential elections? Are you aware, Cousel Silungwe, that the Parliamentary elections were unanimously accepted as being free, fair and credible evidenced by all declared winners taking their 0aths of office as members of parliament. By the way the declared winners include your client’s copetitioner, Chakwera. It will be naive for you to ignore that fact. Counsel Silungwe, it is not fair for you to prejudice the judges. I advise you to remain silent and leave it to judges to… Read more »

Richie
1 year ago

Were the irregularities enough to change the outcome of the results?
That you must know before you jump to conclusion

Mangaliso
Mangaliso
1 year ago

The villain is a hero of his own story

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
1 year ago

Koma ndiye wothaithadi ai tingodikirira chigamulo ndithu.

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