Grezelder Jeffrey calls for peace during elections court ruling

As Malawi patiently waits for the constitutional court ruling on the presidential case, governing DPP leaders on Tuesday took the message of calm and peace to Malawians, urging its youths and supporters not to cause violence.

The party’s secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey told journalists at the party’s headquarters in Lilongwe that the ruling DPP was a peaceful party and was ready to accept the court ruling set for early next year.

The opposition MCP and UTM petitioned the court to annul the May 21 presidential vote won by President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, citing irregularities.

Jeffrey said the “DPP is calm and peaceful because it knows it legitimately won the presidential election.”

The remarks follow those made by MCP director of youth and lawmaker Ricachrad Chimwendo Banda, which called on its supporters to descend on the court premises on judgement day and not to accept any contrary ruling apart from that of a re-run.

Five high court udges are hearing the historic case under the chairmanship of Justice Healy Potani.

Potani has said the court will make its determination based on evidence tendered in court and the law and not on public opinion.

The case has gripped the attention of Malawians and the world at large.