Court rejects Banda injunction to stop announcing results of Malawi presidential race

The High Court in Blantyre has rejected an application from President Joyce Banda People’s Party (PP) seeking an injunction to have the elections results announcement stopped.

The outgoing ruling party sought court relief to direct the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) stop announcing both unofficial and official results as they trickle in heavily favouring the opposition
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

A senior PP official confirmed that the court has turned down the party’s requests to stop MEC as well as Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) from further announcements of the results.

Banda's PP sought injunction
Banda’s PP sought injunction

MEC appointed ZBS and the national broadcaster as official broadcasters of the results of the Tripartite Elections whose final results are yet to be announced by the electoral body.

According to the source, PP used lawyer Christopher Masanje who filed the application.

Earlier in the day, President Banda addressed a news conference at the State House where she claimed her party had evidence of rigging by the opposition parties and that they had submitted to MEC their case.

Banda said there were “gross and unwarranted allegations of rigging, misinformation and negative propaganda all aimed at undermining the credibility of the electoral process.”

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