DPP’s Mussa challenges Zomba Central poll results in High Court

The Zomba Central Constituency poll results dispute case involving the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  Yunus Mussa and People’s Party (PP) Patricia Kainga Nangozo is now in the Principal Registry of the High Court.

Mussa, who is the DPP Eastern Region Vice-President, is challenging undue return of votes in the constituency which indicated the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Kainga Nangozo as having won the parliamentary seat during the May 20 tripartite elections.

Yunus Mussa:  Challenges election defeat
Yunus Mussa: Challenges election defeat

Hearing of the case is expected to start on August 25, 2014 at the High Court in Blantyre.

Mussa is basing his challenge on the argument that in several polling stations, some votes, according to his personal assistant Edward Kandidziwa, “were not counted despite the fact that they were cast in his favour”.

“In several polling centres in the constituency, duly cast votes were deemed discrepant and went unaccounted for. But from the look of things, this is a winning case for Honourable Yunus Mussa as there is overwhelming evidence to support the dispute,” said Kandidziwa in an interview with Nyasa Times.

Initially, the case was being handled by  Kalekeni Kaphale but with his appointment as Attorney General, Dr Necton Mhura has taken over.

However, said Kandidziwa, the case has delayed due to the fact that the presiding judge, Justice Chirwa went on a three-week holiday.

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is the first respondent in the case whereas Kainga Nangozo is the second respondent but without a lawyer as of now.

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