Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials are not coming out crystal clear on whether the party is in support or not of the proposed 50+1 presidential race electoral system.
DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaira said the party will go by for what Malawians will say.
He was not clear either on whether the voice of Malawians will be heard through a referendum or through their representative.
“As a party we have not taken a position on this, we will go by what Malawians will say,” said Kasaira echoing President Peter Muthjarika’s recent sentiments on the divisive matter.
Main opposition, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) said it was for the new system, saying this will ensure that a leader has the mandate of all Malawians.
The United Democratic Front (UDF) spokesperson Ken Ndanga asked Malawians to be cautious and be sober on the matter.
He said the reforms should go hand in hand with other electoral reforms including those of running mate.
Ndanga said there was need for enough consultation with Malawians at all levels before the reforms are implemented.
Peoples Party (PP) spokesperson Ken Msonda said the electoral reforms on the presidential race system were long overdue.
He said Malawians are not happy that the president has the mandate to rule Malawi with only 36 per cent of the total votes cast.
Malawi’s interfaith organization, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) have recognised that 50 per cent plus one rule guarantees the leader acceptable, popular, majoritarian mandate.
Mutharika was declared the winner of Malawi’s May 20, 2014 presidential election after defeating Joyce Banda after he took 36.4 percent of the votes cast, Lazarus Chakwera of MCP garnered 27.8 percent of the vote and Banda’s 20.2 percent.
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