MALAWI Constitutional Court rejected the current President Peter Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)’s appeal to review the recent decision to cancel the results of the May elections.
The MEC’s argument about the cost of conducting new elections that were estimated at K48 billion (approx. US$65m) has been also dismissed by ConCourt judges.
The judges ruled that if there will be any costs to be incurred and losses made it will be squarely on Malawians.
“President Mutharika’s application is dismissed entirely,” Judge Dingiswayo Madise said on behalf of the panel of five judges said.
In the meantime, Mutharika’s lawyer, former Attorney General Charles Chidongondo Mhango has accepted the ruling, saying that they tried and did their best.
The Court canceled May 21, 2019, elections result, and urged for another election within 150 days from February 3, 2020, a judgment which the electoral body is appealing at the Supreme Court of Appeal.