Elections case adjourned, court grants MCP MEC data protection request

MVALO

The constitutional court sitting in Lilongwe had adjourned to Wednesday June 19th, the May 21st presidential elections case scheduling meeting in which UTM President Saulos Chilima and Malawi Congress Party's Lazarous Chakwera are calling for the nullification of the results which declared Peter Mutharika winner.

Lawyer for Chakwera Titus Mvalo told reporters after coming out the courts where the meeting was being in camera that the court granted their application to protect all election data in view of efforts to tamper with evidence at the Malawi Electoral Commission.

It was also observed that the noise emanating from mostly UTM and MCP supporters who thronged the courts was disturbing proceeding inside prompting Mutharika's legal team's led by Frank Mbeta to attempt to have the case moved to Blantyre which was not granted. It was rather agreed that all parties in the matter will control their supporters.

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MCP, UTM supporters in solidarity at the courts

Mutharika's application to have the case dismissed is expected to be reviewed on Wednesday when the scheduling meeting continues.

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DPP officials leave the courts

Chilima and Chakwera are the first and second petitioners while Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission are first and second respondents.

Lawyers for Chilima said they would speak at a later date.

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM went to court contesting the results of the May 21 polls in which Mutharika was named the winner.

The two parties contested the results separately but Judge Charles Mkandawire consolidated the cases; the Chief Justice later referred it to a Constitutional court.