A ruling by Malawi’s constitutional court, has on Monday nullified last year’s presidential elections that won President Peter Mutharika another term in office.
The election was held in May 2019, but was marred by protests and claims of electoral fraud by the opposition, who were convinced that the elections were not free and fair.
opposition party leader Lazarus Chakwera who came second with 35.41% rejected the final results, refusing to acknowledge Mutharika, as a legitimate winner
The results was eventually challenged in court by two opposition parties, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the United Transformation Movement (UTM).
The court ruled that it had found widespread irregularities in the 21 May vote, which nullifies the entire process.
With this ruling, Malawi will now have to take hild fresh elections within 151 days, making this a land mark ruling related to elections in an African country.
Prior to the court ruling there had been series of clashes between opposition supporters and police officers due to protests over the election results.
They allege vote rigging and Judges are due to rule on the case on Friday.
But the protests across Malawi have not been that peaceful with Police and protesters clashing in three cities.
During one of the protests police used teargas to disperse demonstrators who tore down billboards of President Peter Mutharika.
President Peter Mutharika last year was sworn in for a second five-year term, despite the challenge to election results in court.
He took his oath of office at an inauguration ceremony in Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, promising to tackle corruption.
But that exercise appears now nullified by the ruling due to an order for fresh vote.
Mutharika during his first term in office, he faced a lot of questions about his commitment towards fighting corruption.