Deliberations have come to an end in Malawi after a constitutional court declared 2019 presidential elections results null and void. The General elections were held in Malawi on 21 May 2019 to elect the President, National Assembly and local government councillors.
Malawians had dubbed today’s ruling “Judgement Day” and the tension in the streets could be felt as most shops have closed doors in anticipation for the February 3rd judgement.
A panel of five judges went through the 500 page ruling following an appeal challenging the results of last May’s presidential election.
A panel of five Concourt judges sat today to read their ruling following an appeal challenging the outcome of the chaotic President, National Assembly and local government elections.
President Peter Mutharika had clinched 38.6% of the vote ensuring another five-year reign.
A total of ten candidates had registered to contest the elections but key figures were Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima. Chakwera was breathing down Mutharika’s neck with 35.41% and Saulos Chilima had 20.24%, they then filed an appeal arguing and alleging that the plebiscite was unfair.
They both claimed that the election was marred by a lot of irregularities and thus should be discredited.
The judges arrived in court in Lilongwe the capital city, under military escort as passions are high, to read their 500-page ruling.