The nation has never had a presidential vote overturned, but the two opposition candidates who teamed up for a legal challenge are hoping the Constitutional Court will agree with their allegations of irregularities and order for a new vote.
President Peter Mutharika was declared the narrow winner of the May election, with 38% of votes, followed by Lazarus Chakwera, with 35%, and former vice-president Saulos Chilima came third, with 20%. The four other candidates collectively got nearly 6%.
The five-judge panel has heard arguments that the vote was rigged by the president and Electoral Commission; both have denied it.
Malawi’s electoral commission acknowledged receiving one-hundred-and-forty-seven reports alleging irregularities, including the use of correction fluid to alter some results.
The two opposition candidates alleged that the irregularities affected over 1.4 million of the total 5.1 million votes cast.