Re-elected President Mutharika seeks polls case be thrown out

Written by  MBC Online

Re-elected Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has applied to the constitutional court to throw out  petitions submitted by UTM president Saulos Chilima and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera.

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Mutharika, who was declared winner by the Malawi Electoral Commission in the May 21 presidential vote, has through his team of lawyers filed summons at the Lilongwe district registry arguing  that Chilima’s elections petition be removed for being “irregular, incompetent and incurably defective."

Similarly, Mutharika argues that Chakwera’s election petition also be struck out for “being irregular, incompetent, embarrassing and incurably defective.”


Both Chakwera and Chilima are seeking nullification of the results, citing irregularities in vote counting and tippexing of results sheet.


Mutharika cruised to victory with 1,940,709 votes in first-past-the-post system. This was 38.57 percent of the vote. Chakwera came second with 1,7787,740 votes, represnting 35.41 percent. On third spot was Chilima, who scopped 1,018, 369, which was 20.24 of the vote.


The President is scheduled to open parliament on June 21 in Lilongwe.


Five judges will hear the case in the constitutional court.

Both Chilima and Chakwera are challenging the outcome of the May 21 elections which they argue had a lot of irregularities.

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