MEC files over 100 grounds of appeal, applies for order to set aside Concourt verdict

Written by  MBC Online

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Thursday filed over 100 grounds of appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal against the constitutional court ruling that nullified the May 21 presidential election, according to the summons signed by MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah.

MEC Chairperson Justice Ansah: Signed for appeal. MEC Chairperson Justice Ansah: Signed for appeal.
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MEC were the second respondent  in the presidential elelctions case, while President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was the first respondent.

 

The appeal seeks an order to set aside the judgement, dismissing the petition, setting  aside all the reliefs granted under it and reversing and discharging  all  the  consequential orders  including the order for costs against the organisation.

 

MEC’s move comes hot on the heels of plans by President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika to appeal the judgement by a panel of five high court judges in Lilongwe on February 3, saying the verdict was a ‘‘serious subversion of justice, an attack on our democratic systems and an attempt to undermine the will of the people’’


Mutharika said: “ As it stands, the judgment if not cured, represents a flawed precedence for all the elections in all future elections in the country. In fact, this judgment inaugurates the death of Malawi's democracy.

 

"As such it cannot stand unchallenged. Consequently, I have instructed my legal team to appeal against the judgment and challenge it. “

 

The court ordered a fresh presidential poll to be conducted within five months from February 3, as Mutharika will maintain his presidency until the vote.

 

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