The appeal court has been considering a decision by Malawi’s constitutional court, handed down earlier this year. The lower court had reached the shock conclusion that Mutharika was not in fact ‘duly elected’ in the May 2019 polls, and that new elections had to be held within 150 days. Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission appealed against the decision, and it was in response to this appeal that the seven Appeal Court judges have now delivered their judgment, from which there be no further challenge. Important though the Appeal Court’s eagerly-anticipated decision has been in relation to the validity of the last polls and the requirement of a re-run, it also decided a number of other, related, issues that will impact on government and elections in the future as well.
Canadians who live abroad will now be able to vote — a right SA citizens have had for a decade, but which Zimbabweans can only dream of.
THANKS to a 2009 decision of the constitutional court, SA’s upcoming national elections mark the 10th year that South Africans, living and working outside the country’s borders, may cast their vote while abroad.
Despite complaints about how the system works and that there are too few voting stations, the right has at least been established, whereas in countries like Zimbabwe it is still far off.