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Malawi court nullifies May 21 polls; Chilima reinstated as VIP…Chimulirenji tenure ends abruptly

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters down with the ruling

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi Constitutional Court (ConCourt) on Monday evening, February 3, 2020 nullified the May 21, 2019 polls over numerous irregularities that marred the elections.

The court has therefore ordered fresh elections within 150 days including weekends and holidays.

The court has therefore sustained Dr.Saulos Chilima of UTM as the country’s Vice President.

This means Everton Chimulirenji tenure ends as VIP.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Lazarus Chakwera needs however to go on drawing board on the next move whether to partner with Chilima ahead of fresh elections.

Delivering the judgment, the lead judge of the five judges, Justice Hiley Potani said the presidential elections results were full of numerous and systematic anomalies which can only be washed clean through fresh elections.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr Chikosa Silungwe, who was the lead counsel for the first petitioner in the case, Dr Saulos Chilima, said he was very contented with the outcome of the case.

Silungwe said: “I am very contented that the court asked us to answer three Constitutional questions and the court has based on our arguments. The Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act defines an irregularity in very simple terms as noncompliance to the law. So, we cannot have a public institution operating without an enabling legislation.”

On his part, Chancellor College based political analyst, Dr Enerst Thindwa, said the pronouncement of the judgment on its own, in favour of the petitioners is a clear maturity of democracy.

“This simply shows that democracy has triumphed. And that shows that our democracy is maturing.

The court has pointed out the irregularities which were there and Malawians have also been satisfied with the judgment,” said Thindwa.

On 3rd February, 2020, a panel of five judges which comprised: Justices Hiley Potani, Ledson Kapindu, Dingiswayo Madise, Mike Tembo and Ivy Kamanga, delivered the long awaited judgment which took them 45 days to compile.

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Lloyd M’bwana
Lloyd M’bwana
I'm a Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resource (LUANAR)'s Environmental Science graduate (Malawi) and UK's ICM Journalism and Media studies scholar. I have been The Malawi Country Manager and duty editor for the Maravi Post for the past Three Years. My duty editor’s job is to ensure that the news is covered properly, that it is delivered on time, and that it is created to the standards set out in the editorial guidelines of the Maravi Post. I also decide most of what the user will or will not see. And those users will be clicking on the website expecting to see what their trusted news. Organisation has to say on an issue. I started as a senior Reporter with the Maravi Post over a 6 years ago. When I have time, I do field reporting as well.

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