Legal expert warns against forming coalitions

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A legal expert is warning against the formation of political party coalitions in case the constitutional court sitting in Lilongwe rules that the country holds fresh elections.

 

Justin Dzonzi who is Executive Director of Justice Link is laying out a code of conduct that stakeholders such as political parties, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and cooperation partners may wish to follow in the event that the court orders a repeat of the election.

 

According to Dzonzi, if the court nullifies the results, the law does not allow any coalitions as this would change the parameters that were used in the May 21st tripartite elections hence it would be deemed illegal.

 

He explains that those who registered during the May elections are the ones that will be allowed to vote, quashing rumours that there may be a need for another voter registration process.

 

Dzonzi also urges political party leaders to learn from how political parties in Kenya handled the first election nullification case without having to defy the court’s decision.

 

It comes as dominant roadside talk indicates that political parties that are disputing the election results are contemplating on forming a coalition as a killer strategy to defeat the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

 

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the UTM are in court disputing the May 21st tripartite elections results citing massive irregularities and rigging.

 

The elections case is expected to return to the constitutional court sitting in Lilongwe this month.

 

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