Malawi’s parliament has cleared the way for fresh polls in May after a top court overturned last year’s elections results that returned Peter Mutharika to power.
In a landmark decision, the Constitutional Court ruled on February 3 that last May’s election was fraught with widespread irregularities — especially the “massive” use of correction fluid on tally sheets.
Parliament documents seen by AFP on Tuesday showed that under the new law passed on Monday, fresh elections will be held during the third week of May.
Malawi’s elections are traditionally held on a Tuesday, and it follows that polling will take place on May 19.
“Fresh presidential election shall be held in the third week of May, 2020,” read the bill.
In another change, lawmakers decreed that a candidate will now need to secure at least 50 percent of votes cast to become president, reversing a previous decision to reject the bill.