The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), held a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the political developments in Malawi, especially in the context of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for 23 June 2020.
To have a greater understanding of the political dynamic in Malawi, we interviewed several pro-democracy leaders ahead of the presidential election, namely Beatrice Mateyo, Gift Trapence, Timothy Mtambo, Billy Mayaya, and Happy Mbango.
“Today, Malawians are going to the polls in a re-run of the disputed May 2019 presidential election. Opinion polls are currently showing more support for the opposition than the current president. The election comes after the annulment of the May election as ruled by the Constitutional Court on the 3rd of February. The ruling was subsequently supported by the Supreme Court of Appeal on the 8th of May by a declaration stating that the presidential part of the election should be considered as null and void. This resulted from widespread irregularities, which undermined the credibility of the results declaring that President Peter Mutharika was the winner.”
The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) developed a Malawi political situation brief ahead of the presidential election.