A quasi-religious organization, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has expressed satisfaction on how the election case proceedings have been handled by the Constitutional Court, following Friday’s adjournment of the case as the lawyers from all sides have finalized cross-examining witnesses.
The case, which UTM leader, Dr. Saulos Chilima and Malawi Congress Party’s (MCP) Dr. Lazarus Chakwera are contesting against the May 21 results, which the incumbent president Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was declared the winner, has been adjourned until December 19, when the court will resume for final submissions.
PAC spokesperson, Father Peter Mulomole applauded the professionalism of the Judges who are handling the case.
Father Mulomole said: “It’s a big case and they have taken their time to listen to all the sides and no one can complain so we have to applaud the judges.”
Judge Healey Potani is leading a five judge bench which is hearing the case.
Father Mulomole further pleaded with all the parties concerned to hold their patience as the case is drawing to an end and asked all political party leaders to utilize the period between now and the time of judgement as a chance to sensitize their followers on the need to accept the outcome.
The Constitutional Court started hearing the case on August 8 and is expected to deliver its ruling within forty-five days after the hearing.
On May 27, 2019 the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared Mutharika winner of the presidential race with 1, 940, 709 votes representing 38.57 percent followed by Chakwera with 1, 781, 740 votes representing 35.41 percent while Chilima finished third with 1, 018, 369 votes representing 20.24 percent.