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Daggers drawn as elections case starts

By Rebecca Chimjeka:

The Constitutional Court is today expected to start hearing a case in which opposition leaders are challenging results of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM party counterpart Saulos Chilima are challenging a decision by Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) of declaring Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Peter Mutharika winner of the elections.

Five judges—Healey Potani, Mike Tembo, Dingiswayo Madise, Ivy Kamanga and Redson Kapindu—will preside over the case.

High Court and Supreme Court spokesperson, Agnes Patemba, confirmed the commencement of the hearing.

“Yes, the trial starts on Thursday [today] and it [the court] will be meeting on week days only,” Patemba said while clarifying reports that the court would also be meeting during weekends.

Earlier, there was a suggestion that the court might move to Parliament chambers considering lack of space at court premises.

Discus s ions had been ongoing between the Judiciary and the National Assembly officials on the issue.

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