Malawi court dismisses applications to suspend ruling

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By Trust Ofesi

The Constitutional Court has dismissed applications by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and Peter Mutharika to suspend the judgement it delivered on 3 February this year.

The court has however upheld the sworn statements of Jane Ansah.

The court has also indicated that the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale was free to represent MEC at the court despite barring him to represent MEC in the Supreme Court in the same case.

Reading the judgement, Judge Dingisyayo Madise cited that on the second respondent’s (Mutharika) part there are no legitimate grounds to stay the older.

The court has also emphasized that the first respondent (MEC) must accept that democracy is expensive hence no need to worry about incurring costs in the fresh elections.

This means the country has 140 days to hold the next presidential elections.

And that Saulos Chilima should be given his convoy and security befitting a vice president.

 

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