• The constitutional court annulled the results on grounds that the election was rigged and there was a lot of ballot stuffing
  • This annulment of Presidential election results is the second in Africa following the 2017 Kenyan constitutional court
  • The May 2019 Malawi’s Presidential race had seen the incumbent president win with 38.6% while his counterpart lost with 35.5%.

 

Malawi’s main opposition party, Malawi Congress Party led by Lazarus Chakwera is in jubilation after the Constitutional court annulled last year’s presidential elections declaring that fresh elections should be conducted within 5 months. Until then, the country will be run by the previous president who is the same incumbent President Peter Mutharika and his deputy Saulos Chilima.

The constitutional court annulled the results on grounds that the election was rigged and there was a lot of ballot stuffing to give favor to the incumbent president H.E Peter Mutharika.

In the court ruling which was made by a panel of five judges headed by Healey Potani, the lawmakers were ordered to sit within 21 days of the ruling to design ways on how the new elections should be conducted.

“There were widespread, systematic and serious irregularities such as cannot be trusted by the will of the people,” Potani said as he made the ruling on Monday 3rd Feb 2020. The judges are said to have arrived for the final hearing from an unknown location heavily guarded by security.

This annulment of Presidential election results is the second in Africa following the 2017 Kenyan constitutional court that did the same in the highly contested election between Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta.

The May 2019 Malawi’s Presidential race had seen the incumbent president win with 38.6% while his counterpart lost with 35.5%. This sparked off violent demonstrations throughout the landlocked nation, attracting the leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera to file a lawsuit to have the results overturned.

 

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