Malawi should solve election disputes amicably – AU

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By Timo Shihepo

Windhoek - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has urged Malawi to resolve post elections disputes in a manner that does not undermine democracy.

Last month, Malawi's President Peter Mutharika was re-elected in very tight contested elections with 38.5 of the vote. Lazarus Chakwera, who heads Malawi Congress Party (MCP), came second with 35.4% of the vote. 

Chakwera approached the High Court to have the inauguration delayed and demanded for a recount of the votes. However, on May 27, six days after elections took place, the High Court lifted the injunction and Mutharika was inaugurated as president. 

The case is, however, back in court again after MCP and the United Transformation Movement (UTM) appealed the decision with the constitutional court. The two parties are challenging the May 21 election results and are accusing the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) of rigging elections in favour of Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

In a statement, AU chairperson Mahamat said he wished to reaffirm the position of the Commission, following the interim statement of African Union Election Observers made on 23 May 2019, made by John Dramani Mahama, former President of Ghana, that said the elections were held in accordance with the AU’s standards.

“The Chairperson further calls on all political actors to maintain the prevailing positive climate in order to consolidate the peace gains, and to resolve any post-elections disputes through peaceful means as provided for within the established national constitutional and legal framework,” he said in a statement released last week.

 

 

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