The High Court sitting in Blantyre has adjourned to September 18 and 19 the case in which three Malawi Congress Party shadow members of Parliament are challenging results of parliamentary elections held in their constituencies.
The court has adjourned the matter to allow the parties to do paperwork.
Judge Sylvester Kalembera, who is presiding over the case, has also allowed the petitioners to subject some of the documents, which Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) lawyers have brought to the court, to a forensic audit.
The petitioners’ lawyer, Wester Kosamu, said the adjournment would enable all the parties to follow the case.
“It is important that all of us, including the respondents and the courts, should have paginated files for easy deliberations. We have also been asked to finalise paperwork before the case resumes,” he said.
Kosamu also told the court that the petitioners wanted to subject the documents which Mec brought to the court to a forensic audit, arguing that they may not be authentic.
Kafandikhale Mandevana of Nsanje Central, Enoch Chizuzu of Nsanje North and Foster Thipiwa of Chikwawa East are challenging election results in their constituencies.
After constituents voted in the May 21 parliamentary election, the electoral body declared Francis Kasaila of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) the winner in Nsanje Central while Esther Mcheka Chilenje of DPP and Sam Khumbanyiwa of the United Democratic Front were declared winners in Nsanje North and Chikwawa East constituency, respectively.
Meanwhile, independent as piring legislator George Qoma is challenging the election of Salim Bagus in Chikwawa Central Constituency.
The case, which returned to court last Friday, has been adjourned to September 26.