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45-Day Countdown on ConCourt Verdict Begins

The Constitutional Court has finally finished hearing of the presidential election case with oral submissions in which lawyers for petitioners insist the May 21 election was mismanaged whereas respondents rubbished those assertions asking the court to find no merit in the request for nullification of the election results.
Legal teams for respondents - President Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission, discredited evidence presented to the court by all petitioners, reiterating that two petitions challenging May election results, should be dismissed.
 
The wait will now be for  pronouncement of judgement which is expected to be done within  45 days.
 
Before adjournment, Lead Judge Healey Potani emphasized on the need for peace as the country awaits court determination and after the ruling.
 
"Our legal or judicial scheme gives parties the right to appeal. It is a fact that three of the parties in this matter have a lot of followers and sympathizers. We can not pay a blind eye to that . There must be peace. Lawlessness leads to anarchy," said the Judge.
 
Friday afternoon court proceedings started with presentation of  submissions by Lawyer for President Peter Mutharika, Frank Mbeta.
 
Mbeta first spent most of his time discrediting  evidence presented to court by one of key witness for Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, Daud Suleiman.
 
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