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HIgh Court to set date for hearing case of nullification of 2019 parliamentary and local government elections this week

The High Court in Lilongwe is expected to set a date for hearing the case of concerned citizens seeking a nullification of results of last year’s parliamentary and local government elections.
The matter was earlier adjourned to wait for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the presidential elections case.
Spokesperson for the concerned citizens, Prince Chokhoto hints that the hearing may take place this week as their lawyer already submitted all necessary documents and are waiting for the other parties to read them.
Some grounds in the matter are that if the nullified presidential election was faulty hence parliamentary and local government election results must also be nullified.
In February this year, Over 100 former Members of Parliament who lost the 2019 parliamentary elections ganged up to seek a court order nullifying the outcome of the polls, citing similar irregularities that saw the results of presidential elections being declared null and void last week.
One of the former MPs, Frank Mwenefumbo said that there should be a rerun of the parliamentary and council elections since the Constitutional Court has found the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) wrong in managing the polls.”We feel that we are equally affected because these elections were done on the same day and it was the same electoral body who were handling the elections,” Mwenefumbo said.

He added: “Irregularities and anomalies, which were widespread, systematic and grave in the presidential results obviously compromised our parliamentary and local government results.”

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