The Malawi Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Electoral Commission to pay the country’s President and Vice President Lazarus Chakera and Saulos Chilima, respectively, 5.4 billion kwachas (about 6.2 million euros) in compensation for the cost of the process, who canceled the results of the 2019 presidential election.
The court has ruled that the Chakwera agency will have to pay around 3,100 million kwachas (3.5 million euros) and Chilima around 2,300 million (2.6 million euros), according to The Times of Malawi newspaper.
The electoral commission had previously been instructed to pay both of them compensation amounting to 1,600 million kwachas (around 1.8 million euros), for which the total amount is around eight million euros.
Likewise, the Supreme Court has given the Electoral Commission 30 to 45 calendar days to proceed with paying these compensations. This is another setback for the body criticized for managing last year’s elections.