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High Court certifies Mangochi election case

By Yohane Symon:

The High Court sitting in Blantyre on Tuesday afternoon certified a case in which Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate for Mangochi Monkey Bay Constituency, Gerald Kazembe, is challenging Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec)’s parliamentary results.

Kazembe moved the court to review the way the elections were conducted in his constituency and the court has now allowed his lawyers to file a petition in which they can ask the court to nullify results of the May 21 parliamentary election.

Kazembe’s lawyer, Patience Maliwa of Icon and Company, said the court had seen that the case has merit, such that it has set July 18 as the day on which full trial of the matter would commence.

“We moved the court to convert the matter into one commenced by a petition and the court granted us the wish. This was made in view of the irregularities that were observed when Mec furnished us with copies of original forms 66b pursuant to an [earlier] order of the court made on May 30 2019,” Maliwa said.

Kazembe, who is deputy director of social services in MCP, sought the court’s intervention after crying foul over some flaws in the electoral process.

Among other issues, Kazembe argued that the number of voters in some polling centres was higher than the number of registered voters. He also accused some presiding officers of going home with results sheets, only to come back with them with some alterations done by the correction fluid known as Tipp-ex.

Mec declared ruling Democratic Progressive Party candidate Ralph Jooma the winner in Mangochi Monkey Bay.

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