Legal Battle Erupts in Constitutional Court

Legal debate in the presidential election case continued at the Constitutional court sitting in Lilongwe this morning with witness for President Peter Mutharika Bob Chimkango admitting that some polling centres recorded results more than total number of received ballot  papers.
One such polling center mentioned in court, is Kamuzu in Mchinji where a total of 2667 votes were purportedly cast despite being allocated 2000 ballot papers.
The witness told the court,  his side trusted results from such centers because they were signed by all monitors.
Lawyer Theu also asked questions on an incident in which one Constituency Retaining Officer purportedly assigned results sheets for two different constituencies in the northern region.
Chimkango said he suspects a result sheet from Rumphi West purported to have a signature of a Constituency Retaining Officer Rebecca Chirwa, who also signed a similar document for Mzuzu City Constituency, is fake.
The witness said his side has another results sheet for Rumphi West which was signed by another Constituency Retaining Officer and not Chirwa.
An allegation that one Constituency Retaining Officer signed results sheets for both Rumphi West and Mzuzu City Constituencies is one of suspected anomalies which witnesses for the First Petitioner Dr. Saulos Chilima presented to court as part of evidence.
The Wednesday morning court hearing  started with an announcement from Lead Judge Healey Potani on a sudden adjournment which occurred Tuesday.
He said the adjournment wad normal disputing rumors that something fishy happened.
Without disclosing what necessitated the adjournment, the lead Judge proceeded directing the court to continue with cross examination of Chimkango.
After Chimkango's cross examination which ended few minutes before noon, lead Lawyer for Dr Lazarus Chakwera, Modecai Msisha, told the court his side will not cross examine Chimkango opting to adopt Theu's cross examination.
Msisha later said in an interview with Zodiak Online, " We have observed that the witness does not information on most of issues he raised in his evidence. We are satisfied with his level of understanding".
Lawyer for President Peter Mutharika , Frank Mbeta declined to comment on Msisha's  stand saying he wanted to first reexamine Chimkango.
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