Court includes Mutharika in presidential election case: Made first respondent to Chakwera, Chilima petition

A legal battle against the outcome of the presidential race in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections has seen President Peter Mutharika being dragged into the case after the Constitutional Court has included him as the first respondent.

President Mutharika:  The former law professor is made first respondent in the poll case

Registrar of the High Court of Malawi and Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, Agness Patemba, confirmed Mutharika has been made “party to the proceedings” according to the law requirements.

Mutharika is the first respondent to the petition with Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as the second respondent, according to court documents of the consolidated elections case number 16 and 26 of 2019  dated  June 11 as seen by Nyasa Times.

The development comes as a renowned political analyst urged Mutharika to join the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM to fight the outcome of the May 21 elections in court.

George Phiri of University of Livingstonia said this after Mutharika told a rally in Blantyre on Sunday some of his votes were stolen in the central region.

Mutharika said the state security agencies would investigate the matter.

But Phiri said instead of him defending the outcome of the poll results in the court, the President can also join the forces that are challenging the outcome of the results in the Constitutional court.

“If every presidential candidate, even the Malawi Electoral Commission declared winner is complaining of the results, then the only thing MEC can do is declare the results null and void and order for a re-run,” said Phiri.

He said the election cannot be declared if all the contestants, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the MCP and UTM are all complaining that the vote outcome was manipulated.

According to court documents, Saulos Chilima – the country’s immediate past vice president who vied for the presidency on UTM Party ticket – and Lazarus Chakwera of MCP are first and second petitioners respectively.

Mutharika was declared winner with  38.57 percent of the vote, and  Chakwera was close on his heels, with 35.41 percent.

Chilima came in third, with 20.24 percent of the votes.

The opposition claim the results were not a “genuine reflection of the will of the people of Malawi” and complained that figures on many vote count sheets were altered using correction fluid.

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Bonney Phiri
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Bonney Phiri

Inu a Court musakonde ndalama koma muone kaye umphawi wa a Malawi akuzunzika kunjaku!

Nelson Ngwira
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you guys you did not understand him. he said that at naneso ndabeledwa koma ndawina amanena izo kuti awanyogodole awo akuzinyogodola yekha kkkkkkkkkkkkkk mistake

Chimulomo
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Courts do not disturb Malawi ,we want peace to continue just give judgement to suit the majority.Peter has no support even if he dies now the whole country will explode into celebrations .Kwacha is falling .Pankhondo kulibe Judge,Mec Chair,Police,Doctor etc.Save Malawi?

Ochewa
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Ochewa

A Chakwera you are behaving like a non-Christian, just accept,, you are at the wrong place & God is not happy. How can about only half of Lilongwe registered voters turn up to vote? DZANJA LALEMBA ANKOLO

Lumbani Sowoya
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Lumbani Sowoya

This man must go!!

joji wina
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Mudziyitsata bwino nkhani ..a khoti sanayitane APM chifukwa cha zomwe ananena..werenganinso bwino..A malawi ambiri muli ndi ulesi osachita analyse issues thats why mumangotengeka nzomwe mwawerenga kapena kumva nchifukwa chake mwaphula utsi pa chisankho chomwe chathachi. Ambiri mumavota pa nyasatimes , facebook and watsapp lero mukuti mwaberedwa hahaha!

Muhikherene
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Muhikherene

Munthu wamulungu Dr. Chakwera ankanena pa misonkhano yokopa anthu kuti ulendo uno palibe amene abele zisankho koma anthu ankaona ngati nkhambakamwa chabe. Mulungu wakuyalusani nonse obela zisankho ndipo mulandila chilango chachikulu ndithu kuchoka kwa Mulungu.

joji wina
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chkwera wakoyo amanena zoonadi chifukwa palibe yemwe wawinila kubera…APM sanabere chisankho

Chipalamandule
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Chipalamandule

Ntchito iyo kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

Bibo
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Bibo

A recorded speech can be regarded as good evidence of an intention to act or proof that a complaint is valid in a court of law. What Mutharika just said at Njamba supports the combined complaint of Chilima and Chakwera and proves that the 2019 elections were fraudulent and that the declaration of Peter Mutharika as a winner was either misplaced or unwarranted-should we say our MEC is a mess or the electoral laws need amendment?

chammadzi
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chammadzi

Kunena kwa ndithe ndithe nanthambwe anadzitengera. Finish finish talking nanthambwe took himself. Kkkkkk