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AG Kaphale begins cross-examining second petitioner MCP’s Chakwera

Written by  MBC Online

Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale, representing the first respondent MEC in the presidential election case, on Thursday began cross-examining MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera, the second petitioner who wants the May 21 presidential result nullified, claiming the vote was marred with irregularities and fraud.

Second petitioner Chakwera in the witness box. Second petitioner Chakwera in the witness box.

The hearing begun after Modecai Msisha, lawyer representing Chakwera, with an opening statement, saying the core of the matter was that they will try to demonstrate that MEC breached the constitution and also infringed upon on the rights of citizens in the conduct of the poll.


The constitutional court on Wednesday rejected a series of applications made by Chakwera, which included:


. To insert evidence not included in sworn statements within the period prescribed by law and to introduce three witnesses.


. Court rejected Chakwera application to limit his cross-examination by respondents MEC and President Arthur Peter Mutharika in order to expedite hearing. The court said progress of the case was fine.


.Court said both respondents were free to cross-examine each other’s witnesses.


Chakwera wants to show that he beat Mutharika by 82,000 votes and also that there were irregularities affecting 1.5 million votes.


In the final declaration, MEC said Mutharika bagged 1,940,709 while Chakwera got 1,781,740 votes, a difference of 158,969.


UTM’s Saulos Chilima, who was first petitioner in this high profile and historic case, came third after polling 1,018,369 votes.


Chilima, who was his own witness, paraded three other witnesses but withdrew 34 others, saying they wanted to expedite the hearing.

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