High court in Blantyre has ruled in favour of three Malawi Congress Party MCP candidates in the May 21 tripartite elections.
The court has rejected request by Malawi Electoral Commission MEC and Member of Parliament MP for Nsanje central constituency Francis Kasaira against the MCP candidates from Nsanje and Chikwawa districts.
The three Enock Chizuzu for Nsanje North, Kaffa Mandivana for Nsanje central amd Foster Thiphiwa in Chikwawa East sought court intervention in a matter whereby they are challenging outcome of the elections.
High court Judge Sylvester kalembera has ordered MEC to disclose all the documents used during the elections from some of the constituencies in Nsanje and Chikwawa districts in 14 days as requested by the three candidates of MCP
“The aspirants; Foster Thipiwa, Kafandikhale Mandevana and Enock Chizuzu are disputing results of the polls in which MEC declared DPP candidates Francis Kasaila, Esther Mcheka Chilenje and Rodrick Sam Khumbanyiwa of UDF as winners.” reads court document
The complainants told the court that the results sheets from their constituencies were altered with correction fluid known as Tipex
MEC Chairperson Justice Dr Jane Ansah SC is on record to have said that the commission did not provide any correction fluid
The court ruling means that there will be a full hearing of the case with witnesses paraded and evidence tendered before court
Among the key witnesses in the defence team are DPP legislators whom MEC declared as winners in the May 21 tripartite elections Francis Kansaila for Nsanje Central, Esther Mcheka Chilenje for Nsanje North and Rodrick Sam Khumbanyiwa of UDF for Chikwawa East
The full hearing of the case is scheduled to start on 29th July 2019