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Court to determine elections case fate

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Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda

The High Court sitting as a Constitutional Court in Blantyre is, today, expected to deliver its ruling on whether the election case should go to trial.

In the case, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is challenging results of the June 23 2020 presidential election, asking the court to nullify the results following the firing of four Malawi Electoral Commission commissioners.

Earlier, the court had heard preliminary objections from both the Attorney General (AG) Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda, who is representing the Office of the President, and DPP lawyer Charles Mhango.

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The AG had laid out several arguments pointing to the conclusion that the court should dismiss the matter without going to full trial.

However, during the hearing, Mhango reiterated that the poll was managed by commissioners who the court said were illegally appointed by former president Peter Mutharika.

According to a court notice, the ruling will be delivered at 10am before judges Sylvester Kalembera, Rowland Mvundula, Dorothy nyaKaunda Kamanga, Annabel Mtalimanja and Thomson Ligowe.

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