The Constitution Court sitting in Lilongwe has started hearing the much anticipated electoral case in which both Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM presidents are disputing official presidential poll results.
On the first day of the hearing, the court through the Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale cross examined the first petitioner, UTM president Saulosi Chilima.
Among other issues heard during Thursday’s session, the court dismissed an application for adjournment to six days by the AG.
Kaphale asked the court for adjournment in order to thoroughly read and respond to files put forth by the plaintiff.
But in reaction to the oral application, the court said both parties had enough time to file their applications before the commencement of the electoral case.
However, the court has given the AG two days, until Monday afternoon next week, including the weekend to go through the said files.
In an interview with YFM Online, Kaphale who is representing the respondents, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and President Peter Mutharika, said they will still work as advised by the court.
“We just have to take it as it is and we have started cross examination, we are still doing preliminaries and we still have a bit of way to go,” said Kaphale.
But Kaphale denied to comment on the impact the delay might have on their side as defendants.