Malawi president appeals court ruling nullifying election win

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President Peter Mutharika had denounced the court ruling as 'a serious subversion of justice' [File: AFP]< img alt =" President Peter Mutharika had denounced the court judgment as 'a major subversion of justice '[File: AFP]" data-src=" http://www.aljazeera.com/mritems/imagecache/mbdxxlarge/mritems/Images/2020/ 2/5/77 f 805 dfac 9246ce879bfbde9780 a250 _18 jpg" title="Malawi president appeals court judgment nullifying election win" >

President Peter Mutharika had knocked the court judgment as’ a major subversion of justice’ [File: AFP]

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika and the nation’s electoral commission have actually formally submitted an appeal against a court judgment that overturned his win in 2015.


I can confirm that the court has actually received both appeals by first participant[the president] and 2nd participant[electoral commission],” High Court Registrar Agnes Patemba told the Reuters news agency on Friday.

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A sworn statement by Malawi Electoral Commission( MEC )Chairperson Jane Ansah, who supports the appeal, said the constitutional court violated its powers by purchasing parliament to assemble within 21 days to change the Electoral Act.

Ansah’s declaration also asserts that the spending plan for a fresh election would costMalawi a lot of cash unless enforcement of the court’s judgement is suspended.

The constitutional court on Monday annulled last year’s disputed presidential election outcomes, citing “prevalent” irregularities and purchasing a new vote.

The election last May returned the sitting president to power, resulting in deadly confrontations and widespread unrest.

The MEC had actually stated Mutharika the narrow winner of the May election with 38 percent of votes, followed by Lazarus Chakwera with 35 percent and former Vice President Saulos Chilima third with 20 percent.

Mutharika had actually knocked the judgment as “a severe subversion of justice, an attack on our democratic systems and an effort to weaken the will of the individuals”.

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