Skip to main content
17 Feb 2020 | 07:11 AM UTC

Malawi: Demonstrations scheduled nationwide February 17, 19, 21, 24 /update 3

Ruling political party calls for demonstrations in Southern, Northern, and Central Regions February 17, 19, 21, 24

security
transportation
MWI

Event

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has called for demonstrations in the Southern, Northern, and Central Regions on February 17, 19, 21, and 24 respectively, to demand "the restoration of democratic justice."This comes after the Malawian Constitutional Court annulled Peter Mutharika's 2019 presidential election victory on Monday, February 3.

Associated protests are possible in Malawi over the coming days amid a heightened a security presence. Transportation and business disruptions are to be expected around demonstration sites.

Context

Election-related demonstrations organized by opposition supporters have been held regularly since May 26, 2019, after voting irregularities were reported during the May 21 general elections. Demonstrators have been calling for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah, accusing her of mishandling the presidential elections. Additionally, protesters are increasingly discontented with President Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as a whole.

The Malawian Constitutional Court in Lilongwe annulled Peter Mutharika's 2019 presidential election victory on Monday, February 3, upholding an application submitted by opposition parties. A new vote must be held within 150 days, according to the court, though a date has not yet been announced.

Advice

Individuals in Malawi are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests, anticipate disruptions to transportation and business and a heightened security presence near demonstration sites, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.