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Saulos Chilima starts re-examination

First petitioner in the elections case, UTM leader Saulos Chilima has started undergoing re-examination by his lawyers.

Re-examination gives a party a chance to explain themselves where they could have not done so during cross-examination.

Re-examinations have commenced as lawyer representing first respondent President Peter Mutharika, Charles Mhango, finished cross-examining Chilima at 11 o’clock Tuesday.

Chilima analysed alterations made in some papers.

He cited, for instance, that at Bolero Polling Centre in Rumphi District, Stream One had a maximum of 800 voters but 900 people voted.

After a lengthy deliberation, Mhango said he had finished cross-examining Chilima, having started doing so on Monday.

Re-examination started in the afternoon and lawyer representing UTM, Chikosa Silungwe, said he was optimistic of finalising re-examining Chilima today.

“We must commend the progress made. We started re-examining Chilima and by noon tomorrow [Wednesday] we will have finished,” he said.

The Constitutional Court resumed hearing the elections case with Judge Healey Potani advising the lawyers not to repeat questions that have been asked in order to speed up the case.

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