High court nullifies Mangochi North East constituency results

Martin Chikati Sekati

The High Court in Blantyre has on Monday nullified the 2019 parliamentary elections results for Mangochi North East Constituency saying they were marred by irregularities.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared UDF candidate Idi Kalosi who got 8,980 votes the winner over seven others including Martin Chikati Sekati who got 7,053 during the elections.

Speaking to Kulinji.com lawyer Chimwemwe Kalua representing Sekati said they decided to challenge the results after noticing that some votes cast in favour of his client were being allocated to Kalosi, while some of the results were completely lost symbolising irregularities.

“There were irregularities in most centers, we saw some results sheets were not signed by the returning officers, that was very unprofessional.

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“We were also encouraged to go to court as mainly because there was no log book, how could we trust results without a log book?” he wondered.

Passing judgement, justice Joseph Chigona agreed with most of the arguments advanced by Sekati that the results were tainted, were marred by several irregularities  and he therefore nullified the election results, rendering the seat vacant.

Sekati said in an interview with Kulinji.com that he was happy with the ruling of the High Court saying justice has been served.

“I am not surprised to be declared as a winner, I am ready to face my rivals on the ground and I am hoping that I will win again,” he added.

Commenting on the development,  Kalosi said he has accepted the decision by the high Court.

“I cannot say much, I will just follow what the Court has said,” he added

This is the second Parliamentary election result to be nullified in Mangochi.  Earlier this year, the High Court nullified the election the Mangochi West Constituency election after independent candidate, Simeon Harrison complained of massive irregularities that saw MEC declare Geoffrey Chiwondo of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as the winner.