Malawi’s Constitutional Court has nullified the results of a vote that re-elected President, Peter Mutharika in May 2019 and ordered a new presidential election, citing widespread irregularities including the use of correction fluid on ballot papers.
Mutharika, who will remain president until the fresh elections, has the right to appeal the judgment, which is expected to stoke turmoil in the normally peaceful southern African country.
The lead Judge, Healey Potani, said the court held that the first respondent Mutharika was not duly elected as President of Malawi on May 21, 2019.
He added that the court nullified the results of the presidential elections and ordered for a fresh election within 150 days.
The judgment was greeted with jubilation in the second city of Blantyre, where residents in impoverished townships set-off fireworks.
The main opposition Malawi Congress Party, which led the court challenge, welcomed the ruling as a very fair judgement, which it said had set a precedent for future elections.