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Court orders fresh polls in Nsanje and Chikwawa

The High Court in Blantyre has today nullified the 2019 parliamentary elections for Chikwawa East and Nsanje North and Central constituencies.

Contestants for the Malawi Congress Party-MCP namely; Kafandikhale Mandevana of Nsanje Central and Enoch Chizuzu of Nsanje North challenged the Malawi Electoral Commission’s results which declared the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP’s Francis Kasaira and Esther Mcheka Chilenje as winners respectively.

On the other hand, another MCP candidate Foster Thipiwa, challenged the United Democratic Front- UDF’s Sam Khumbanyiwa’s victory in Chikwawa East constituency.

In his ruling, Judge Sylvester Kalembera’s  ordered for fresh polls to be conducted in 60 days’ time.

Speaking after the ruling, lawyer representing the applicants, Wester Kosamu said couldn’t help but express his excitement over his triumph.

“I am very happy because it has been a very tough job for me. It wasn’t easy for us to gather all the evidence,” said Kosamu.

On his part, one of the applicants, Kafandikhale Mandevana shared his lawyer’s excitement saying they are happy with the ruling.

Mandevana went on to share their preparedness for the ordered fresh elections.

“We are very ready for the fresh polls in our constituencies,” Mandevana said.

On the court’s order that MEC should conduct the fresh elections within 60 days, the institution through Sangwani Mwafulirwa who is its Director of Media and Public Relations has promised to honour the ruling.

“What it means is that the commission now has a task to sit down and plan for the elections. You may also wish to remember that we have got other 3 constituencies and 2 wards that are also vacant so it will be in the best interest of MEC to conduct these elections together.”

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Today’s ruling comes exactly after a year and a day since the 5 judges of the Constitutional Court nullified the 2019 Presidential Elections over irregularities on 3rd February 2020.

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