Eight Days to Determine Results Not Adequate Enough-Judge

DPP Secretary General Greseder Jeffrey captured at the ConCourt in Lilongwe-pic by Lisa Kadango , MANA

Judge Healy Potani reading the verdict on the Presidential election case said eight days to gazette and publish results on Radio and newspapers are not adequate enough.

“Resolving complaints before determination…..this period is not adequate enough for the respondent to see all complaints,” said Potani, quoting Section 99 of the Presidential and Parliamentary Act.

The publication of results is meant to satisfy total number of voters, total number of null and void votes and total number of valid votes.

Petitioners in electoral disputes, according to the Constitutional Court, are required to lodge their complaints seven days after the announcement of the official results.

UTM leader Saulosi Chilima is the first petitioner, while Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is the second petitioner in the case which has gripped the attention of Malawians and the world.

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, who was declared winner as President by MEC, is the first respondent while the Commission is the second respondent.

Pronouncement of the verdict has been adjourned for a one hour lunch break and will resume at 2:30 pm.-MBC Online

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