Mutharika, MEC formally appeal against ConCourt nullifying election win

President Peter Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) have finally appealed against the February 3 Constitutional Court (ConCourt)  election case ruling which annulled the May 21, 2019 presidential poll.

Lead lawyer Frank Mbeta for President Peter Mutharika: Appel filed

The court also ordered a fresh presidential election in July.

Both lawyer for Mutharika,  Frank Mbeta and MEC  private-hired lawyer Tamando Chokotho have confirmed filing the appeal documents at the Supreme Court in Blantyre as thousands of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporter took to the streets to protest against the ruling.

“Yes, we have filed the grounds for appeal. We are just waiting for the court to set dates for the hearing,” said Mbeta.

Mbeta said the lawyers will be back at the court on Wednesday for what he said settlement of records of appeal session before the court sets the dates for the hearing of the appeal case.

Constitutional Court judge president Healey Potani said the hearing of the appeal case will expedite because the Constitutional Court had already finished preparations for court documents on the case.

UTM president Saulos Chilima and Malawi Congress Party leader Lazarus Chakwera dragged president Peter Mutharika and MEC to the Constitutional Court over the presidential poll.

The court found that the election was marred with irregularities and anomalies which had been so widespread, systematic and grave that the integrity of the election had been seriously compromised.

The court ordered that the country reverts to the 2014 presidential election and reinstated Chilima as the state vice president, technically firing Everton Chimulirenji.

The MEC had declared Mutharika the narrow winner of the May election with 38 percent of votes, followed by Lazarus Chakwera with 35 percent and former Vice President Saulos Chilima third with 20 percent.

Mutharika had denounced the ruling as “a serious subversion of justice, an attack on our democratic systems and an attempt to undermine the will of the people”.

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GRM
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GRM

That is a better option than Street protests. DPP, HRDC and any Malawian have a right to demonstrate. Only that DPP can be sued by attacking judges. The judges can use DPP petition to sue them for defamation. For starters DPP petitioned ACB to investigate the judges and they are lucky none of the judges has sued the people who signed the petition for defamation of character

Brighton Matope
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Brighton Matope

Peter anabwera kudzayimaliza dpp munthuyi sadziwa kuyendetsa dziko olo ngakhale Company sangakwanitse kuyendetsa mbuyomu zimkamukanika kuyendetsa unduna.Sangakwanitse kulamulira dziko.dpp itha ngati matani

Nicolous
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Nicolous

Mbava yachabechabe APM Kwanu kwatha

Pachalo
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Pachalo

So what did the DPP fools thought they would achieve by marching against the ruling? Some of the people who were marching dont even know that the judges ruled against MEC and not necessarily DPP! Inuyo mumafuna muwine zisankho zosokonekela ngati zimenezija? If you really won then why not just prepare for the fresh elections and win without Tippex? Fools ukumwa madzi ometela ndebvu!!

Chalo
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Where are grounds of appeal?

Spartacus
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Spartacus

@Keen Observer, you’re very wrong, the nepotistic attitude of the Northers is so entreached and sophisticated that its tentacles has touched every system and institution in the country hence its miles away from Mulhako.

Achiswe'.'
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Mutharika and the DPP will try any means at all to hold on to power, even questioning the ruling of five judges. They have no respect at all for justice and democracy. For someone who claims to have been a Law Professor, he is clearly a fake.

Chriss
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Chriss

Koma this Family of DPP and MEC is lovely

Magufuli
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Magufuli

Kicks of a Dying Horse😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

phillips wanga
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phillips wanga

you want justice from corrupt judges
your heads are not working