Malawi Elections Case: Lawyers re-examine Gwalidi

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UTM lawyers at the constitutional court sitting in Lilongwe are re-examining Miriam Gwalidi, who was the party’s roving monitor during the May 21 elections.

She is the second witness in the elections case, after UTM president Saulos Chilima.

In the case, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM are disputing the results of the presidential election, in which the Democratic Progressive Party’s Peter Mutharika was declared winner by the Malawi Electoral Commission.

Lawyers representing the Malawi Electoral Commission and President Mutharika completed cross examining Gwalidi yesterday.

The re-examination, today, is expected to include matters that arose during the cross examination by the respondents.

Gwalidi has so far given several clarifications on how tipex was changing results of votes in areas which she monitored.

Frank Mbeta, who is lawyer for President Mutharika, has since objected to the use of opinion in Gwalidi's statement, which UTM lawyer Bright Theu has promised to correct.

The MCP and the UTM dragged the Malawi Electoral Commission to court alleging that the May elections were mismanaged. They are seeking nullification of the elections.


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