Court meets parties to elections case Friday

Malawi courts

Parties to the Consolidated Elections case, Saulos Chilima and Lazarus Chakwera as first and second petitioners and Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission as first and second respondents will appear before the Lilongwe High Court for a scheduling conference at Lilongwe District Registry on Friday June 14.

Last week Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda committed the elections case in which the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM are protesting the results of the May 21 elections, to a constitutional court to determine whether or not the respondent breached their duty and infringed on the petitioners and the citizen’s political rights.

According to the court documents which has seen, the scheduling conference is set to address 17 issues from both parties.

Some of the issues include whether the parties intend to amend any of their supporting documents or arguments and whether the parties want to seek further and better particulars of any of the opposite parties’ case.

“Do you want to apply that any party should be added or removed from the proceeding? Are there some documents that you think are relevant to the effective disposal of the case and are in custody, control or possession of the other side which they have not disclosed in their case,” reads the document.

The parties will also indicate whether they want to ask the other side some questions they believe are necessary to speed up the effective and just disposal of the case.

MCP and UTM initially filed seperate challenges to the election results but the High Court ruled that the cases be married. In the constitutional court, the case will be heard by  justices Healey Potani, Mike Tembo, Dingiswayo Madise, Ivy Kamanga and Redson Kapindu.