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Malawi election appeal case ruling on Friday

Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—The Supreme Court of Appeal will this Friday deliver a ruling in the Presidential election appeal case in which President Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission are challenging the Constitutional Court verdict.

According to a notice of delivery of Judgment from the Registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal Agnes Patemba, the ruling will be delivered in Lilongwe from 9:00am.

The notice further says the court sitting during the ruling will observe preventive measures of Covid – 19 as set by government by among other things limiting the number of those that will be allowed in the court room.

“With reference to the above, I would like to inform you about the sitting arrangement that has been put in place, having regard to covid-19 outbreak.

“The Supreme Court will only accommodate two lawyers from each party to the case. The First Appellant will be allowed to bring two officials; the Second Appellant (MEC) will be allowed to bring one official. First Respondent will be allowed to bring two officials and Second Respondent will be allowed to bring two officials. Each of the following media houses: MBC, Zodiak, MIJ and Times will be allowed to bring one person into the court room,” reads the notice signed by Patemba.

The Supreme Court of appeal ruling comes after the first and second respondent in the case, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission, appealed the ruling by the high court sitting as a constitutional court that nullified the May 21, 2019 elections citing massive irregularities.

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