Malawi’s main opposition party members took to the streets to celebrate on Tuesday (February 4) following the country’s Constitutional Court ruling to annul the May 2019 presidential vote.

Last year’s election declared Peter Mutharika a winner, but the court has ordered a re-run after an application from opposition parties citing irregularities.

Mutharika, who has been president since 2014, won the election with a 38.57% share of the vote, with opposition party leader Lazarus Chakwera getting 35.41% and Deputy President Saulos Chilima, who formed his own party, had 20.24% in the final tally.

Mutharika was declared winner despite complaints of irregularities.

In a landmark ruling for the country, the court described the conduct of the electoral commission as very lacking and demonstrating incompetence.

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