MCP to challenge election results in courts

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has said it would challenge in court the results of presidential election which Prof Peter Mutharika was declared winner, claiming it was not credible and fraudulent.

The results were announced minutes after the high court refused a last-ditch attempt to block their release and allow time for a recount.

Malawi Electoral Commission chairman Justice Maxon Mbendera declared Mutharika “president-elect” after last week’s vote, which MCP said was marred by “serious irregularities”.

Kabwila: Vows to challenge the results in court
Kabwila: Vows to challenge the results in court

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera who garnered 27.8% of the vote came second in the race.
Party spokesperson Jessie Kabwila said the MCP, which had made the bid for a recount, would challenge the results in court.

“We are disappointed because this is not a credible election. We will fight through legal means … we are not taking this lying down,” said Kabwila as quoted by Agence France-Presse on Saturday.

One person was killed when police fired teargas and rubber bullets at protesters demanding a recount in the southeastern town of Mangochi.

A teenager was “killed by a teargas canister, which exploded in his hands as he was trying to throw it back at us,” Mangochi police officer Elijah Kachikuwo said.

Some 7.5-million people were eligible to choose a president, lawmakers and local government councillors in the fifth democratic polls since the end of decades of one-party rule in 1994.

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