BY AfricaLegalNews Political Desk

The Malawi Constitutional Court on Monday 3 February 2020 nullified the results of the 2019 presidential election. The 2019 polls saw the ‘re-election’ of President Peter Mutharika.

The ruling can be appealed to the Supreme Court. The Constitutional
Court judgement was read out live on radio in the English and Chichewa
languages.

In May 2019, President Peter Mutharika was declared the winner with 38% of votes, followed by Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party with 35% and former vice president Saulos Chilima third with 20%. The current case was brought by the two main opposition candidates.

There had been protests in Malawi, with activists demanding the resignation of electoral commission chairwoman Jane Ansah.

Allegations of irregularities and vote rigging often mar
elections in Africa. In Zimbabwe, there have also been electoral challenges almost
after every election.

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