Mzuzu High Court Judge Thomson Ligowe has upheld MEC’s declaration that DPP’s Symon Vuwa Kaunda won the Nkhata Bay Central Seat.
The ruling on Monday afternoon sent DPP supporters for celebration outside the court premises.
Malawi Electoral Commission declared Vuwa Kaunda winner in the polls, but close contender Ralph Mhone of Peoples Party (PP) challenged the result.
Vuwa Kaunda was declared winner with 6 418 votes
against Mhone’s 6 412.
Mhone argued that he is the rightful
winner of the elections.
But the court ruled otherwise, saying Vuwa Kaunda was dully elected.
Vuwa Kaunda is also Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in the Peter Mutharika administration.
Mhone, on the other hand, was Parliamentarian for Nkhata Bay Central between 2014 and 2019.
Lawyer Leonard Mbulo who represented Kaunda welcomes the ruling while Mhone’s Counsel Wesley Mwafulirwa could not immediately comment.
One of the disputed polling stations was Chisu where Mhone alleged that Kaunda had 303 votes and not 393 votes as announced by MEC.
But Ligowe said there is no sufficient evidence to show that Kaunda had 303 and not 393
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