Fwd: Malawi News Online #67
> MALAWI NEWS ONLINE/MALAWI NEWS ONLINE/MALAWI NEWS ONLINEby
> Edition #67 19th July 1999
>MALAWI NEWS ONLINE is written by Malawian journalists living in Malawi and
>brings you the news from their point of view. It is assembled and edited
>Africa News Network, part of South Africa Contact, the former
>movement in Denmark.
>In this edition:
>1.A. COURT CASE ON ELECTION CHALLENGE
>1.B. COURT CALLS FOR ELECTION MATERIAL
>2. UDF SWEEPS HOUSE
>3. MALAWI ON WORLD BANK ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE
>4. HOSPITAL ALMOST BURNT TO GROUND
>5. MULUZI ORDERS REMOVAL OF OBSTICLES IN PATHS OF PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS
>6. MALAWI TO SEND OBSERVERS TO DRC
>7. FAKE DRUGS IN MALAWI
>1.A COURT CASE ON ELECTION CHALLENGE
>On July 12 1999, the High Court in the capital, Lilongwe, took on a
>daunting task. It started hearing a case in which the MCP / Aford
>Alliance are challenging the election of president Bakili Muluzi who was
>recently sworn in as president for another five-year term.
>The Alliance argues that Muluzi should not have been declared winner in
>the June 15 election because he failed to get the required majority as
>demanded by the constitution.
>Muluzi got 51 percent of the vote while MCP / Aford Alliance candidate
>Gwanda Chakwamba got 48 percent. The Alliance argues that the
>constitutional requirement is that for one to win the presidency, one must
>get a majority of the vote from the electorate. The 'electorate' is
>defined as all the people who registered as voters throughout the country,
>while 'majority' means number by which votes for one candidate exceed
>those for all other candidates.
>The Alliance argues that Muluzi got only 48 percent of the vote from the
>electorate and therefore failed to meet the constitutional requirement as
>demanded by Section 80 (2) of the constitution.
>A lot of people and organisations have given their views on the subject,
>through various forums. Reverend Constantine Kaswaya of the Anglican
>Church, chair for the Public Affairs Committee that played a key role in
>organising civic and voter education during the polls, is one of them.
>Speaking only in his personal capacity he said there is no need or
>compelling reason for the Alliance to go to court over the matter. "Who
>will pay for the re-elections,