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Some former members of Parliament (MPs) who lost during the May 21 Tripartite Election want a fresh parliamentary election following the nullification of the presidential election by the Constitutional Court on Monday.

Last Parliament was dissolved on March 20 2019 before the May 21 elections in accordance with the law.

Lawyer representing the former MPs, Wapona Kita, confirmed the development but declined to give more details on the parameters of how they are working on the matter.

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“I can confirm that I met with them and they have given me instructions to look at the Constitutional Court judgement and see to it that a fresh parliamentary election as well be held” he said.

One of the former MPs Jessie Kabwila said Parliament plays a huge role in the development of the country and, as such, it is supposed to be a legitimate institution chosen from a process that has followed proper, transparent and accountable processes.

“First of all, let me say they are 150 plus of us, it is important for you to have the figure so that you should see that it is a huge number. What we are consulting about is to find out that if we are going to have fresh elections for the presidential position because Mec [Malawi Electoral Commission] did not do its job well that same institution is the one that conducted our parliamentary election. For the same reasons that Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and Dr. Saulos Chilima went to ask what had happened, it is for what we are asking,” she said.

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Mec declared Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) winner of the polls.

Mec announced that Mutharika got 1,940,709 votes, representing 38.57 percent of votes cast, while Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) got 1,781,740 votes, representing 35.41 percent.

Saulos Chilima of UTM came third after getting 1,018,369 votes, translating into 20.24 percent of votes counted.

Chilima and Chakwera challenged Mec’s decision to declare Mutharika the winner of the election saying the election results were marred by irregularities.

Meanwhile during his national address on Wednesday night President Mutharika has said he would appeal against the judgment but will not stop the ordered fresh elections.

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