Zimbabwe’s president, Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa who is also the current chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence & Security Cooperation has urged all stakeholders in Malawi to respect the judgement of the Constitutional Court on an election petition filed before it.
The petition was filed at the Constitutional court on August 8, 2019, by the opposition, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the United Transformation Movement (UTM). The determination will be pronounced on Monday 3 February 2020.
The parties allege that there was fraud in the May 21, 2019 poll that saw the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declare the incumbent President Peter Mutharika, leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the winner with 38.57 per cent of the vote.
MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera garnered 35.41 per cent while the country’s former Vice President Saulos Chilima of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) received 20.24 per cent of the votes.
The case is related to that of Zimbabwe. The opposition MDC led by advocate Nelson Chamisa file a petition at the Constitutional Court in 2018 alleging that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, in connivance with the ruling ZANU PF, manipulated the presidential election results in favour of now president, Mnangagwa.
The Court ruled that the MDC had failed to present evidence to substantiate its claims therefore it upheld the ZEC report and declared Mnangagwa the winner.
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