Malawi goes to the polls tomorrow in a historic presidential re-run after a court overturned last year’s elections and ordered a fresh vote, notes Legalbrief.

Although there are three candidates, the election is effectively a two-horse race between President Peter Mutharika and his main opponent, Lazarus Chakwera.

Citing grave and widespread rigging, the Constitutional Court in February ruled that Mutharika had not been duly elected, and mandated a new poll within 150 days. The landmark verdict made Malawi only the second country south of the Sahara to have presidential poll results set aside, after Kenya in 2017.

A report on the News24 site notes that Mutharika this weekend said ‘we won the election in 2019 but the (opposition) went to court and grabbed the government from us’. A report on the News24 site notes that he won the disputed 2019 election with just 38.5% of the total ballots cast.

University of Malawi political scientist Henry Chingaipe said Mutharika was unlikely to be re-elected. ‘I think that even Mutharika himself knows this and that is why he has presided over multiple schemes to prevent the holding of the election,’ he said. Full report on the News24 site

‘Malawians want the government to be responsive to their needs, top of which is addressing the perennial challenge of hunger and food shortages,’ said Boniface Dulani, research director at the Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR), which carried out a survey last week.