Malawi: presidential poll to be held in May

Malawi is expected to go to the polls for a fresh presidential election on May 19 after a court overturned last year’s vote, citing widespread irregularities.

Parliament on Monday set the date while amending the Electoral Act, another of the Constitutional Court’s orders. The amended law allows for a runoff election within 30 days if no candidate receives a majority of votes.

President Peter Mutharika and the electoral commission of the southern African nation have appealed the court ruling.

Mutharika has 21 days to decide whether to approve parliament’s decisions.

Source: Washigton Post

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