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Election case verdict Friday

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The Supreme Court of Appeal will deliver its judgement on the presidential election appeal case in Lilongwe Friday.

President Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) are challenging the February 3 Constitution Court judgement that ordered a fresh presidential election following what the court described as widespread and systematic irregularities in the May 2019 presidential poll.

Registrar of High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal, Agnes Patemba has issued a notice to lawyers in the case about the judgement. “Take notice that the Supreme Court of Appeal will on Friday 8 May, 2020 at 9:00 o’clock in the forenoon sit in Lilongwe to deliver the judgment to the appeal here in,” reads the notice.

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Lawyers for Lazarus Chakwera, the second respondent in the appeal case Titus Mvalo confirmed receiving the notice and said they were also eagerly waiting for the set date.

A panel of seven Supreme Court judges led by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda heard the oral submissions from both parties on April 15 2020.

Mec and APM argued that the constitutional court erred in law on issues of irregularities, petition and interpretation of the word majority as provided in the Constitution and the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act.

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In compliance with the February 3 judgement, Mec has been undertaking several activities in readiness of the court ordered presidential poll slated on July 2 including presentation of nomination papers by presidential candidates which ends today.

Mec is also currently conducting voter registration ahead of the poll. Patemba has since asked all parties and stakeholders to adhere to precautionary measures that the court will set on the judgment day amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The measures mainly border on social distancing.

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