Business has come to a standstill in the capital Lilongwe as many government offices and private companies have not opened for business.

Yesterday Human rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) held a mass protest calling for Malawi electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson to step down for allegedly managing the disputed May 21 elections.

Government offices at Capital Hill and Filing stations are also closed in city.

Meanwhile Human Rights Defenders Coalition Vice Chairperson, Gift Trapence, says after spending a night near Parliament, they will in the afternoon march to Capital Hill.

Despite all the calls that have been made, the MEC chair has been adamant saying she cannot resign as the matter is still in court and that the court can determine f indeed the elections had irregularities.

On the other hand HRDC has vowed not to relent from demonstrating until Ansah resigns.

United Transformation Movement (UTM) leader and Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Coongress Party (MCP) are challenging the presidential results in court saying the results are not legible following the use Tipp-Ex.

President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was declared winner of the May 21 disputed elections with 37%.

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