Malawi court quashes Mutharika’s re-election, orders fresh voting

A five judges panel of High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court in the presidential election nullification petition has delivered its judgment and nullified the re-election of a sitting president, Peter Mutharika on May 21 2019.

Mutharika: Not dully elected, court says
Spouse to Sidik Mia greets Chilima at the Court-pic by Lisa Kadango

The court delivered a summary judgement as Justice Healy Potani, chairing the panel of judges, said  the whole final judgement document will be made available and shared Tuesday by 4pm.

Potani, who said the court has analysed the importance of the case to the nation and legality of the petitions, said the court considered whether Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) infringed on the petitioners’ political rights under section 40 of the Constitution central to the determination of the case

The court declared the presidential result “invalid, null and void” after siding with the petitioners, which had argued that the vote had been fraudulent.

“It has been our findings that irregularities and anomalies have been so widespread, systematic and grave that the integrity of the results have been seriously compromised,” said Potani.

The judges said the electoral body failed to conduct the elections in the manner and dictates of the Constitution.

“We hold the first respondent (Peter Mutharika) was not dully elected during the 21 May 2019 elections. We here by order the nullification of the said elections,” he said.

Mutharika was declared the narrow winner of the May  2019 election with 38% of votes, followed by Lazarus Chakwera with 35% and former vice president Saulos Chilima third with 20%. The four other candidates collectively got nearly 6%.

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Zofu
Zofu
1 year ago

Parliamentary seats are also all void

Wawa
Wawa
1 year ago
Reply to  Zofu

You idiot presidential elections and parliamentary elections are different

Trevor
Trevor
1 year ago

Mr President tiyankhuleni

Mtete
Mtete
1 year ago

Does APM still maintain the EU, SADC, USA, the Commonwealth agreed you won the election fair and square? African Americans must wake up and stop trusting the so-called Election Observers/Monitors. They just come for a holiday. How many stayed up to votes tallying, the real crux of the matter?

Mtete
Mtete
1 year ago
Reply to  Mtete

Read “Africans must wake up”

Nelson
1 year ago

where is ras chikomeni

Kantu Patel
Kantu Patel
1 year ago

Peter Good Bye.

Nick
Nick
1 year ago

Well Done ConCourt! Your resisted DPP intimidation and refused to be bribed. Please keep your eye on the implementation of your decisions!!

Bazuka
Bazuka
1 year ago

What we need is peace full stop our friends has suffered a lot during this period

Haleluya
1 year ago

Due Respect should go to Chakwera. Waitiimirira A Malawi

Flamingo
Flamingo
1 year ago

It’s a fresh elections. Remember APM was in the lead the case was about mec & APM was only declared winner. Musathe mawu there is still a vote to come. Can your party command a 50+1. You will still need the same.people.mukuwatukwana apa. Let’s be sober until the last
It’s not over until its over

Mtete
Mtete
1 year ago
Reply to  Flamingo

.My ndi mau amenewa

Mtete
Mtete
1 year ago
Reply to  Flamingo

It’s not 50+1 people but (50+1)%. So, yes,those disgruntled may choose not to vote but the rest of the electorate could still achieve the allowed (50+1)%

Adzonzi
Adzonzi
1 year ago

This is the time I miss Brian Banda ku Times Tv

TAMALISHA
TAMALISHA
1 year ago
Reply to  Adzonzi

Zoona zake Adzonzi

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