The constitutional court overrides the election result of May 2019 and starts new elections. The official results at the time were crude.
The unprecedented decision by the Malawi Constitutional Court to annul the May 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections was welcomed on Tuesday as the victory of democracy in a country that was already praised as an anchor of stability in southern Africa.
Fireworks and joy celebrations in the largest Malawian city of Blantyre welcomed Monday night’s judgment on Tuesday night that the election was falsified and therefore null and void. The ruling sets new standards for elections in Africa – it is the second judicial election cancellation for counterfeiting after Kenya in 2017.
In their judgment, the judges in the capital Lilongwe spoke of widespread counterfeiting, manipulation and other offenses that influenced the outcome of the election in favor of incumbent Peter Mutharika. Mutharika now remains in office until new elections, but parliamentarians and local councilors have been removed from office. New elections must take place within 150 days.