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      > MALAWI NEWS ONLINE/MALAWI NEWS ONLINE/MALAWI NEWS ONLINE
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      > 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
      by
      >Africa News Network, part of South Africa Contact, the former
      >anti-apartheid
      >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
      >
      >STORIES:
      >
      >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,
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