High court in Malawi has ordered the country’s electoral body, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), not to tamper with or destroy any documents related to the polls that the country had on May 21.
The order was issued by Registrar Agnes Patemba on Monday following a petition by opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to the court to stop the electoral body from tampering with the elections results on its website.
MCP and United Transformation Movement(UTM) are the two opposition parties who have petitioned the court to have the May 21 presidential elections nullified citing a number of irregularities in the handling of the elections results.
In his petition to the court, MCP President, Lazarus Chakwera, through his lawyers noted that MEC was altering some documents related to the election results, an act the MCP leader feared would destroy evidence.
The court also said constituency tally centre’s, the aggregated results and hard copy documents as well as electronic data and documents uploaded on to the second respondent (MEC) website www.mec.org.mw as at 29 May 2019 be preserved by the second respondent.
The court will on Wednesday continue with the initial case where the two opposition parties are challenging the results in which Democratic Progressive Party President, Peter Mutharika, was declared winner by the electoral body.
In the court president Mutharika and MEC are regarded as the first and second respondents respectively. Enditem