Malawians queued up to vote on Tuesday in a re-run of a discredited poll that has become a test case for the ability of African courts to tackle vote fraud and restrain presidential power.
Malawi will go to the polls on June 23, a week earlier than initially ordered by the courts, which annulled President Peter Mutharika’s narrow election victory last year due to irregularities.
Malawi’s Supreme Court on Friday in a unanimous decision upheld an earlier court ruling thatannulled President Peter Mutharika’s narrow election victory last year. A new election will now be held on July 2.
The Malawi Diaspora Grouping in South Africa has welcomed the decision by Malawi’s Constitutional Court to uphold an application from opposition parties to nullify Peter Mutharika’s victory in the May 2019 presidential election.
Malawian Minister of communications, Mark Botomani, says the much reported political tension in Malawi will not derail the current government in its task of rebuilding the economy.