Technical glitches delay court case


Hearing of the election case at the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe yesterday failed to continue due to technical hitches. The case continues today.

Daud Suleman, Malawi Congress Party (MCP)’s last witness, wanted to access for simulation Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec)’s election system server used during the May 21 polls.

Suleman, through the court, requested Mec’s gadgets for simulation of his evidence provided in sworn statements.


The hearing failed to start at 10 o’clock in the morning as Mec had not finalised setting up the system.

In the morning, Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale said there was need for Mec’s team to set Virtual Private Network to allow them to easily undertake online activities.

He later announced in the chamber that the hearing will proceed today from 9 o’clock in the morning.


Another Mec lawyer, Tamando Chokotho, said the challenge was on network connectivity.

“There was to be an internet connection in the courtroom which has so far not succeeded. As we are leaving, they are working on it and tomorrow we should proceed with the simulation,” he said.

MCP lawyer, Modecai Msisha, confirmed the development.

“We have been told that the tower they targeted in the morning has no signal and they are identifying another tower closeby to achieve connectivity,” he said.

Suleman’s cross-examination attracted a huge patronage unlike in the past two months but only few accessed the chamber.

On Tuesday, the court gave Suleman the nod to use the gadgets for simulation of his evidence despite facing resistance from Mec through its petition.

Mec argued that using the server may compromise the security of the system as it is of national importance and that it may require buying another system once it is compromised.

But the court said issues of security were addressed and that Malawians needed to know the truth on the matter and that people will be responsible for any cost that may be incurred in the course of utilising the gadgets.

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