Malawi’s judicial decision that the country’s ‘Tippex’ election be re-run, has survived its first crucial challenge. The original dispute, heard as a constitutional matter by the high court, concerned the validity of national polls held in May 2019. Earlier this month, five judges ordered that the elections be held again because of widespread irregularities including the blanking out of official records with correction fluid.
There could never have been any doubt that President Peter Mutharika and Malawi's electoral commission would appeal against the high court's finding that the May 2019 elections were invalid. Far too much is at stake for them meekly to have given in and obeyed the court without any challenge.