Law expert says Malawi poll rerun possible

A law expert at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi says an election rerun is possible in the country if there overwhelming objective material evidence of vote manipulation.

Prof Garton Kamchedzera: Rerun

Garton Kamchezera, a law professor at Chancellor College said if the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM can move the court with overwhelming evidence of vote rigging and poll result manipulation in favour of President Peter Mutharika, the court can order a poll rerun.

“This is feasible. It is possible to have a rerun. The two parties are probably compelled to challenge the election result because of the result manipulation,” said Kamchezera.

Malawi Law Society (MLS) has also backed the MCP and UTM decision to challenge the poll result in court and ask for the rerun of the election following reports that some results were deleted with correction fluid – Tippex.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) winner with 1 940 709 votes or 38.57 percent of the votes cast.

He was trailed by Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) with 1 781 740 votes (35.41 percent) while immediate-past vice-president Saulos Chilima of UTM came third with 1 018 369 votes or 20.24 percent.

Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) to Malawi has said vote counting in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections was challenged by poor conditions and poor adherence to procedures.

In a 12-page preliminary statement, dated May 23 2019, the mission has also punched holes in the electoral legal framework, especially on the absence of deadlines for filing and adjudicating election disputes.

MEC chairperson Justice Jane Ansah said during declaration of results last Monday, that the commission had thoroughly reviewed all the complaints that were lodged for the presidential election.

She declared the presidential elections to be free and fair and that the results were the true reflection of the will of the people of Malawi.

Voting in the tripartite elections took place on May 21 2019 in all the 5002 polling stations.

According to Ansah, out of 6 859 570 registered voters, 5 105 983 turned up for polling representing 74.44 percent. A total of 74 719 votes were declared null and void representing 1.09 percent.

 

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Achiswe.
1 year ago

My fellow Malawians, we may as well concede that there will be no re-run of the election. APM had himself sworn in as President as soon as the results were declared in his favour. He is not going to give up his ‘throne’ now. Look what happened after the election in 2014 when there was a call for a recount of the votes, the building where the votes where stored got burnt down. APM was determined to be re-elected come what may and now that he is back in power he will make absolutely certain that he stays in power.… Read more »

Central
Central
1 year ago
Reply to  Achiswe.

Wa dpp iwe ndipo ukagwele uko ndi kukaika kwakoko wamvaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! Ndinkayesa ngakhale they torched the MEC ware house, a rerun was declared by the court and Msungama won the rerun………………………………………………..usatinyanse ndi pessimism yakoko wamvaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

tosh
tosh
1 year ago

THOUGH THEY CAN BRIBE IT CANT WORK WRATH OF GOD IS UPON THEM

dalo
dalo
1 year ago

Zokaikitsadi ngati ogamula mulandu chilungamo chingakhalepo,dyela landalama ndilomwe lingavute kuthana nalo maka ndi umphawi uwu anthu akaona makwacha zokaikitsa chilungamo kuoneka.Mavuto ku democracy yathu

Maunits
Maunits
1 year ago

God does not anoint thieving leader who can even bribe the chairperson of MEC to become president of country shame. That type of leadership God is not happy with. It is backdoor.

Wonderful World
Wonderful World
1 year ago
Reply to  Maunits

Is there any righteousness in Malawian politics? Why mention God on political issues. Did you not know that the kings and rulers of this world are not godly? I am a lateral thinker and I know for certain that all our polititians including the pastor Chakwera himself have fallen short before the Lord. Never appeal to the thinking of God in democratic issues, democracy is our own making and God only allows things to happen as he has given us free will. Those who earnestly seek the Lord knows that God expects us to even pray for our enemies and… Read more »

RE-RUN
1 year ago

Thank you bambo Kamchezera for your comment that a re-run is possible. We need more comments of that nature, but next time don’t wait until you feel that that the situation has started boiling again. m’Malawi muno tili ndi anthu a influence ochuluka ngati inuyo, ma judge ambiri, ma professor mmaUniversity mo (who are not happy with this madness-zobera mavotizi) but you choose to remain silent. dziwani kuti amalawi ambiri ozunzika mau awo sangamvedwe, ndipo amangothilidwa teargas, the best they can do mkumangong’ung’udza basi m’ma minibus. while when guys like you speak our oppressors are shaken ndipo maloya, asilikali, and… Read more »

Kaitano
Kaitano
1 year ago
Reply to  RE-RUN

I’m encouraged with your expression, well and organized writing, we need people like you who feel the same with the majority of poor people.

Chakwera
1 year ago
Reply to  RE-RUN

Its could remotely be possible but the process was just perfect for one to come up with adminisable evidence…Soon we will shift posts to say a certain judge is a sinner… You can’t convincingly build a case and win it…

Maynard Manyowa
Maynard Manyowa
1 year ago
Reply to  RE-RUN

Word.

Mussa Hassan George Matanda
Mussa Hassan George Matanda
1 year ago

Utm 🔥

Gerald Mapanga Phiri
Gerald Mapanga Phiri
1 year ago

Those people are so toxic. They can even corrupt the justice system. I don’t trust them. They can give real cash the judges that they can’t say no. If they have already buying MPs while people in the constituent wanted independent one. They show you how far they can go

Bonney Phiri
Bonney Phiri
1 year ago

Tipex vs Ansah = Court
Court vs Ansah = Tipex
Malawi vs Peter= Rigged
kumvetsa chisoni kwambiri basi nkumasekerera zopusa ngati zimenezi

mtete
mtete
1 year ago

If only Chakwera and Chilima could join forces, for the sake 60+% Malawians.We should not trivialize stealing which is sin forgiven only after stolen property is returned to the owner. APM stole Chilima and Chakwera votes.

Alegria
Alegria
1 year ago
Reply to  mtete

Hahahahaha I pity those in support the failure. Amipingo adakuputsitsani. majority rule. OChakwera kummwera kuno sodabwereko mpang’ono pomwe muganiza odakawina ndi Lilongwe yokha? Nonono! Be serious kungoti Alomwe ndi minority but they have the gift of leadership. God annoited vomerezani next time good planning. osayang’ana chigawo chimodzi ayi. Pastor adasonyezeratu kuti southern region alibe nayo ntchito. So wa tepext yemweyo basi tiyeni naye mpaka 2014 pamene sadzaimanso ayi nkhondo idzakhalapo ya Chilima ndi Chakwera

stanley malambo
stanley malambo
1 year ago
Reply to  Alegria

this is myopic thinking. we have to let justice flaw. these are not the days we let injustice rule us. watching the pace and know bullshit might get you to the top but it wont keep you there

Central
Central
1 year ago
Reply to  Alegria

@ Alegria, uchitsiru owonjezatu ukuwonetsa apawuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! So you’re defending the act of stealing votes……………………………… Awanso nde kayatu

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