Malawi Supreme Court gives deadline on swearing-in president: Parliament to set voting day

Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal  perfected judgment on the elections case has given a deadline on the swearing-in of president-elect in the Constitution Court sanctioned presidential poll.

The panel of judges of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal who made the ruling included Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, Justice Rezine Mzikamanda, Justice Edward Twea, Justice Anaclet Chipeta, Justice Lovemore Chikopa, Justice Frank Edgar Kapanda and Justice Anthony Kamanga

In the perfected judgment, the case gives July 3, 2020 as the deadline for the swearing in of the president-elect.

“It is a legal requirement that a president be elected and duly returned and sworn in by the commencement of the 151st day from the date of the judgment,” says the ruling.

The 151st day of the 150 days ordered by the Constitutional Court within which to hold the election falls on July 3 as the Constitutional Court ruling was made on February 3, 2020.

The Supreme Court perfected judgment asks parliament to fix the date for the election.

“It is important that Parliament fixes the dae of a fresh election. By the terms of the order of the Court below that there be a fresh election for the office of the President within 150 days, it is a legal requirement that a President must be elected and duly returned and sworn in by the commencement of the 151st day from the date of the judgement of the Court below [Constitution Court],” the unanimous decision of seven-judges panel of the Supreme Court ruled.

There was no immediate comment from the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on the perfected ruling but this week its chairperson Jane Ansah suggested that the election be held on June 23 so that the counting of votes and the swearing in of the president elect falls under the court’s prescribed 150 days.

Polling is due on July 2, but could be brought forward to June 23 by parliament.

The Supreme Court also upheld the Constitutional Court’s order that the winner should get at least 50% plus one of the votes.

However, it ordered that no new voter registrations should be accepted for the new polls and that only presidential candidates who participated in the nullified May elections should be allowed to run in the rematch.

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Sizzler
Sizzler
9 months ago

Point of Order my lord !!!
whats the english words /diffence of these statements?
A rerun and fresh election .
coz it sounds confusing the way the two courts have given us on the judgement .?
Plz Lawyers help them.

Dudu
9 months ago

MCP and UTM should apologise to Jane Ansah for harassing her when she said parliament is the one to set election date.

No 🔒 lock down pitala
No 🔒 lock down pitala
9 months ago

Jen Asa wakomoka🙌🙏🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

Mofolo
Mofolo
9 months ago

Jane Ansah michwanya ya malamulo anatero Saulosi akubwekera. Hahahaha

Woman
Woman
9 months ago

Ohooo. It seems you first have to be ugly to make it. Na ma specimen ake ngati ali awa. Ambuye zibwerani.

The Patriot
9 months ago

Give me a sniper rifle please.

Mpakaten
9 months ago

Parliament yake iti? Ya anthu ochuluka kuthyola batcha a Form 2? Do you think we have a Parliament worth mentioning?

chataika
chataika
9 months ago

Kkkkkkk Judiciary yanga koma ndiye yawoladi. How come that you set the date being just after voting day and yet other quarters have been crying kuti we should be taking 30 days before inaugration ceremony. Ndiye mwachita bwino APM alumbiritsidwadi pa 151st day after voting. Mwadzimvera nokha inu mcp and utm so musadzavutike kuthamangira ku court mukaluza

Forgive them
Forgive them
9 months ago

Jwa ma cadet jeni sanalakwitsepo,
Koma anzake anamuyalutsa kumuonetsa kuti sikoyenera kuphatikiza ndsle ndi ntchito

Nematodes
9 months ago

I will vote for Jane Ansah as president. She is brainy, sharp, clever, confident, honest and Malawian.

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