By Audrey Kapalamula:
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has petitioned the High Court to nullify the May 21 2019 presidential election results, citing a number of reasons including irregularities which marred the electoral process.
MCP secretary general, Eisenhower Mkaka, Sunday said the party had also dismissed an application for a judicial review which was scheduled to take place on their previous demand to recount the votes.
“When we had applied for a stay order restraining further updating of the results, there was another part which was basically judicial review besides asking for a recount. With the results having been announced, the lawyers thought that, instead, we should just go for nullification of the results,” he said.
Mkaka said their legal team could be better placed to explain grounds for the nullification application, highlighting, among others, the use of Tippex in changing figures.
MCP president, Lazarus Chakwera, on Friday hinted on filing the petition rejecting the presidential election results in which Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) declared Peter Mutharika the winner on May 27 2019.
UTM is also challenging the electoral results for presidential, parliamentary and Local Government elections.
The party, through its legal team, cited fraudulent activities focusing on human interference in the tabulation of results as the major ground for the petition.
When asked if the two parties were planning to work together for the court to nullify the results, Mkaka said they have not discussed anything pertaining to the matter.
“We are both looking at the same end but, at this point in time, we haven’t been in talks. We appreciate that they have their own evidence and we have our own. If there is need for us to look at the things as one, I think we would have to do that because, basically, we are fighting for Malawians; same battle aiming at the same end,” he said
UTM spokesperson, Joseph Chidanti-Malunga, said they have not discussed the possibility of joining another party in the court case.
According to Mec, Mutharika amassed 1,940,709 votes, representing, 38.57 percent, Chakwera got 1,781,740 votes, representing 35.41 percent, while UTM leader Saulos Chilima finished on third place with 1,018,369, translating to 20.24 percent of the votes counted.