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03 Feb 2020 | 12:16 AM UTC

Malawi: Disruptions in Lilongwe possible during court ruling February 3

Business and transport disruptions are possible during a constitutional court ruling in Lilongwe on February 3; avoid the area

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Event

The Constitutional Court in Lilongwe will deliver a ruling on the 2019 general election at 09:00 (local time) on Monday, February 3. Business and transportation disruptions are possible in the immediate vicinity, according to local sources. Some bus companies have suspended services on Monday. Court officials have established a 150 m (492 ft) perimeter around the court premises denying entry to the general public.

A heightened security presence and associated disruptions are expected during the ruling.

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, in addition to growing discontent among protesters with President Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as a whole.

Advice

Individuals in Lilongwe, and in Malawi more generally, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and public gatherings, anticipate transportation and business disruptions and a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.