Presidential elections case resumes

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The elections case is expected to resume today at the constitutional court sitting in Lilongwe, after a week-long recess.

In the case, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM are disputing the results of the May 21 presidential poll results, citing massive irregularities.

So far, the court has only seen UTM president Saulos Chilima and the party’s roving monitor in the elections Miriam Gwalidi, on the witness stand.

This has seen concerns being raised on the speed at which the case is being heard.

A legal commentator, Justin Dzonzi is however confident that hearing will be concluded soon, should a time limit be fixed for cross examination of witnesses.

The parliamentary Public Appointments Committee is also expected to meet the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) today over the latter’s continued calls for the MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah to step down.

This follows a series of post-election protests spearheaded by the grouping, since the country went to the polls on May 21st.

Interventions by different stakeholders, aimed at stopping the HRDC from proceeding with the protests, have not yielded anything. Among them are the former president Bakili Muluzi and the Public Affairs Committee-PAC

Vice Chairperson for the HRDC Gift Trapence earlier confirmed receiving an invite from parliament for the meeting.

 

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