The former president of Ghana, Dr Jerry Rawlings, has applauded the decision of the Malawi’s Constitutional Court for nullifing the May 21, 2019 presidential polls in the country, which incumbent President Peter Mutharika was declared the winner.
The Malawi Court had last week nullified the results of last year’s presidential election in the country, citing widespread, systematic and grave irregularities including significant use of correction fluid to alter the result sheets.
The verdict resulted from a challenge of the outcome of the election filed by Saulos Chilima, leader of the opposition United Transformation Movement Party, and Lazarus Chakwera, leader of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
The court’s unanimous verdict read by Justice Harley Potani’s spurred instant celebrations from opposition supporters who attended the court session.
In the 500-page judgment read for 10 hours, the court cited irregularities and anomalies, including the use of correction fluid, use of duplicate forms and lack of signatures on some result sheets.
The MEC had declared Mutharika the winner of the May election with 38 percent of the vote, followed by Lazarus Chakwera with 35 percent and Saulos Chilima with 20 percent.
The judges also challenged the electoral system and called for a new law to guide fresh elections.
In his reactions, Rawlings said that the court’s decision has restored the Malawi citizens’ trust on the judiciary, which was deemed to be corrupt.