Lawyer Kaonga asks court to remove Malawi presidential election results injunction

The State and the Malawi Electoral Commission’s (MEC) have applied to the High Court to discharge and injunction obtained by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Saturday ordering MEC not to release results of the presidential vote until a judicial review of the complaints had been heard and results from 10 districts were verified.

Kaonga: Filed the application to dismiss the injunction and allow MEC announce results

Lawyer Andy Chikando Kaonga of Wilkinson & Associates, filed a sworn statement in support of an application to discharge the injunction obtained by MCP  and permission to commence judicial review.

The lawyers will face the judge in court  Sunday morning for the matter.

In his submission, Kaonga argues that the law says complaints relating to the elections must be resolved within the maximum eight days between polling and the announcement of result.

He pointed out that since the polls were held on Tuesday May 21, MEC is therefore “within time to resolve the complaints” lodged by MCP.

MEC wants the MCP injunction set aside “with costs.”

Kaonga argues that MCP obtained permission for judicial review on “suppression of material facts.”

MECchairwoman Justice Jane Ansah said on Saturday that the presidential results would be delayed until matters cited by the court were resolved.

“Presidential results have been withheld until we resolve the issue of the court injunction which we have received. We are dealing with all complaints,” Ansah told a press briefing at the national tally Centre in Blantyre.

Another opposition presidential contender, Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima, has called for results to be annulled over “serious anomalies” reported during vote counting.

“These serious irregularities have, in fact, worsened and, in the process, the credibility and integrity of these elections have been significantly compromised,” he told a news conference.

The international observer mission – that included European Union and Commonwealth –  described the vote as “well-managed, inclusive, transparent and competitive”.

Malawi’s 6.8 million voters also elected a new parliament and local government councillors in the 21 May vote.

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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

The integrity of the whole process is questioned from Printing of Ballot paper what controls were put? The auditors were supposed to be involved in. The putting of teachers as presiding officers after dubious promotions, govt using state media, handouts being condoned. Otherwise there is no democracy. And irregularities are just the consequences.

Natty Prince
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Natty Prince

Awa sakonda dziko lawo ndipo chilungamo sachidziwa koma ndalama ndiye Mulungu wawo kuvetsa chisoni.

Cheyo muysta
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Cheyo muysta

A lawyer doing his job. Kutukwana si fundo ayi. If our thinking level can only take us as far as kutukwana then we as a society a more than dull. If people cannot hold an issue based discussion it might mean they don’t have the capacity to do so. SHOULD WE SAY ANAKATENGA INJUNCTION NAYE WADYA CHI BANZI?

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

Just wondering why injunction was obtained from Lilongwe when MEC main offices are Blantyre?

namatetule
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Is is k80million or K800million that has made you defend the DPP?

Mwakipiki
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These are the kinds of unpatriotic lawyers with no love fir their country but just baseless arguments. If MEC itself said it will not announce the results until all complaints are resolved, why should they rush now to announce the results when one important stakeholder is complaining? They are within the 8 day period, so let them resolve the issues and not rush to announce. Why rush when they still have time??

Ankhwinda
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Ankhwinda

Anthu ofuna kulemela mwachangu amenewa ati apeze makobili anthu akudandaula

His Excellency Fake Accent Chakwera
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His Excellency Fake Accent Chakwera

Inensotu Mia and Simbi Phiri andilemeletsa mwachangu…. kkkkkkkkk

Ethical Minded Malawian
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Ethical Minded Malawian

What was the role of the much talked Internal Auditor?. Has the Auditor already issued and shared an interim report with stakeholders before announcing presidential results? Malawians are being told that presidential results are being changed in favour of Peter Muthalika. If the auditors report does not highlight the substantive anomalies that have substantial impact on the results, then we Malawians must report the incompetence of the auditor to relevant regulatory bodies.Lastly, some of these unethical lawyers must be taken to task, they must not mess up with our country behind legal technicalities.We need to deal with them now.My advice… Read more »

Kalanga
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Kalanga

Koma atumbukanso nde uchitsiru sumakuthelani!

Galumtsukwa
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Galumtsukwa

Kusankha ma ex kuti ayang’anire zisankho my foot,,,

GDS
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GDS

Bwana Andy mufuna akupaseni unduna kapena kuti nanunso mutchuke?