BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—The Supreme Court of Appeal, which is currently delivering a ruling of the presidential election appeal case in Lilongwe, has described the grounds of appeal by Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission as unnecessarily numerous and embarrassing.
In the appeal case, Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) want the country’s highest court to overturn the verdict of the Constitutional Court which nullified the victory of former in the 2019 presidential election.
Reading the judgment this morning, Chief Justice Nyirenda Nyirenda raised questions on the grounds of appeal by the appellants saying some of the grounds were not just fictitious but detestful.
He, therefore, described the grounds of appeal as “Unnecessarily numerous, convoluted, fictious and embarrassing” while emphasizing that the Court uses such language.
On burden of proof, the Supreme Court has not only sustained the finding of the Lower Court but also lowering the burden of proof for the Petitioner further.
President Peter Mutharika Thursday reiterated his protest against the July 2 presidential election, saying he will participate in it just to prove that he won the May 21 poll.
“On May 21st 2019, you the people of Malawi voted in an election that was free, fair, faithful, transparent and credible. That was attested by all international observers. We won that election. I won that election.
“The result of that election was the will of the people. Only one year later, we may be going to another election. This election is not the will of the people. Therefore, I call upon all Malawians to come out to register and vote to restore the will of the people which was expressed in the May 2019 election,” he said.
The ruling is being delivered by a panel of seven judges led by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda at the High Court in Lilongwe.