No new voters for fresh polls

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The Supreme Court has ordered that the fresh presidential election should use the 2019 voters roll and not the new one.

This means the ongoing voter registration exercise will be halted.

The court disclosed that the fresh election should have been held within 60 days after 3 February and not as the Constitutional Court ruled and parliament has been challenged to fix dates for the fresh presidential polls.

In the ruling, the highest court of the land described grounds of appeal by the Malawi Electoral Commission and President Peter Mutharika as distasteful, repetitive, confrontational and embarrassing, among others.

Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda presented the first part of the 7 hour verdict before he handed it over to Justice Lovemore Chikopa.

After Chikopa, Rezine Mzikamanda took over and later Justice Frank Kapanda took over the reading.

In his reading Kapanda focused on matters pertaining to the conduct of the Attorney General (AG).

The AG was criticized for taking sides and being unprofessional when he represented MEC in the case.

“When the matter became constitutional the Attorney General should have ceased representing MEC and proceeded by giving guidance to the court on the matter,” Kapanda said.

He added that the numerous irregularities in the presidential elections were not only serious but also troubling. 

Apart from ordering the maintanance of last year’s voters roll, the court has also ordered that those contesting will be those who took part in that election.

The Malawi Electoral Commission has since been ordered to foot Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima’s bills.

Speaking after delivery of the judgement, Chakwera applauded his legal team and also the judges for vindicating them

 

 

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