Judges of the Supreme Court who affirmed the decision of the Constitutional Court to nullify the May 2019 presidential election

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—The Malawi Police Service has launched an investigation into election-related irregularities including finding out suppliers of Tippex – the correction fluid that was used to alter some figures on result sheets.

In an interview, National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed about the investigation saying the police went through the presidential elections case judgment to appreciate irregularities.

Kadadzera said: “I can confirm that we are indeed investigating the election-related cases. This is all I can say at the moment”.

In a related development, the  Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has filed with the courts to commence trial against Malawi Electoral Commission’s (MEC) regional elections officer for the North, Diverson Makwete, who is accused of perjury in the presidential elections case.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice who is also State Senior Advocate, Pirirani Masanjala, said the case is set for hearing on February 24, 2021 before the Senior Resident Magistrate Florence Msekandiana in Lilongwe.

Makwete was one of the witnesses who appeared in court during the presidential elections case and by this time he was a warehouse manager.

Last year, the Supreme Court in Malawi had affirmed the decision of the country’s Constitutional Court to nullify the country’s presidential elections — paving the way for fresh presidential elections which were held on 23 June, 2020.

Embattled President Peter Mutharika, whose re-election in May 2019 was successfully overturned in court, had appealed the historic decision of the Constitutional Court delivered in February.

Echoing the previous decision of the Constitutional Court, the panel of seven Supreme Court judges, the highest court in the country, unanimously agreed that the management of the cancelled elections failed to meet constitutional tests due to a litany of irregularities.

Since then, the public has been calling for prosecution of all the MEC officials who were involved in the management of the botched election.

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