A constitutional court in Malawi has nullified the country’s 2019 presidential elections results eight months after the general elections.
The country held its general election to elect the President, National Assembly and local government councillors on May 21, 2019.
IHarare reports that 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 the presidential election.
According to the BBC, a panel of five Concourt judges sat on Monday 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 Chakwere and Saulos Chilima. Chakwere 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.