DPP ‘dodgy’ on 50 + 1 law to elect Malawi President

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.

Kasaila: We will go for what Malawians want

Kasaila: We will go for what Malawians want

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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20 thoughts on “DPP ‘dodgy’ on 50 + 1 law to elect Malawi President”

  1. Guantanamo Bay says:

    A political system of a state must reflect a popular will of the people. And the president must adhere to that will. Kaunda of Zambia accepted multiparty without a referendum. Kamuzu accepted after a referendum defeated him. Zambia adopted a 50+1 system without a poll. Malawi is dilly-dallying

  2. Bristone Mabichi says:

    Those who say they cannot be a runoff between the first two then it means we need to go flat on Federal System of Government. How can you rule the whole country when only two tribes have voted for you. %0+1 is the answer and we will see this country develop. We do not want presidents with chicken visions but those who can soar high like eagles and see the country as it is and being able to develop it it as one nation. Osati ngati simundibvotera helikoputa siyikatera kwanu with only 35%. Chitani zotheka, With or without DPP in support we the people want it,

  3. The Partriot says:

    In 2004 Bingu won the Presidency by getting 28% of the vote, in 2009 he got more than 50% of the vote and in 2014 APM got 36% of the vote and won the Presidential election. From the statistics above, any articulate Malawian will understand why DPP as a party “is not yet decided on the 50+1 law”. Actually the DPP party will not decide and drag its feet on this issue until it frustrates the opposition and all well meaning Malawians.
    For all Malawians, forget about what the fear mongers are saying. The 50+1 system is a unifying system. No more will a president be elected to office by only one or two tribes as the case now. A Presidential candidate will have to court and make deals with all Malawians to get to office. This will also be reflected on government positions like ministerial, ambassadorial posts.
    Just imagine with the results of 2014, where APM got 36%, Chakwera 28%, JB 22%, Atupele 12%. And if there was to be a run off between Chakwera and APM, who knows what would have been the result? Komanso bwenzi awiriwa asakukulirana mitima chifukwa wina bwenzi atamukutumula mnzake pa second round! Many advantages than disadvantages, so game on! Democracy is NOT cheap.

  4. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    NO need for the so-called 50+1, in Malawi.
    Malawi’s elections are already funded by foreign interests. And so who is going to pay for a guaranteed second round of the election? Foreigners, again? European countries, Japan, South Korea, China or who? When all these countries follow the first pass procedure?
    Elections are not cheap to run, amangwetu (ladies and gentlemen). They are VERY expensive for a poor country like Malawi.

    Name 50+1 countries that are rich enough to fund Malawi elections? Names, please. Don’t just claim advanced or civilized countries follow “50+1”. Put your money where your mouth, or in this case, your keyboard is.

    We should undertake only expensive things we can afford, individually, as families and as a nation. We should not be perpetuating the beggar mentality, by sitting at the gates of rich countries’ embassies, with bowls in hand, and a wide smile. No way. Undignified.
    Moreover, MCP will NEVER accept any win by others, like UDF or DPP, regardless of the formula employed. History bears this out, blatantly.
    MCP loser party! Cry baby Party!

  5. Pension Nenereko says:

    it is not about MCP but Malawi’s unity

    1. wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!! says:

      Yes, it is, for sure.
      Whenever MCP supporters says “… it is not about MCP …”, you know that it is about MCP! And nobody else.
      MCP never accepts defeat, even in by-elections; they think we are still in the dark ages of their dictatorship! No going back. Never.
      Akhaule baasi (How long will it take MCP to live by basic principles of democratic pluralism?)

  6. savimbi says:

    50+ 1 is the way to go,not the stupid old system of choosing a President.Here is not about whether DPP or MCP will manage to get 50 +1 or not,But its about MAJORITY REPRESENTATIVE LEADERSHIP of the chosen President which matters.Don’t talk of war bcoz it may be difficult at first,but for second elections or third ,Malawians will get used to the 50+1 System.When there is no Party reaching that target,then a Run-Off elections can be held and people will choose a leader the believe can help lift their country unlike in the old Minority win it all System.The 50+1 System is not favouring any Party ,but is there in the best interest of our Democracy to grow further for our unborn children tomorrow.VIVA 50+1 Electral System,VIVA MAJORITY RULE not minority rule of 36% of Peter Munthalika in 2014 elections.

  7. Chambe says:

    50+1 is no guarantee for those who lost 2014 elections to win in 2019 vise versa.
    In fact if we take the results as they were in 2014, it means there could have been a rerun for the first and the second thus APM and Chakwera.There could also be a possibility of APM winning or Chakwera winning. Take note that Malawians have a history of poor turn out on voting. Expect poor or no turn out at all on the rerun. Also take note that the first results before a rerun is where the voters’ love of the candidate of their choice dwells. It will be difficult for one to switch one’s allegiance to another candidate. Incase one does, it will just be cosmetic and no love will be transferred. For me, 50+1 will not give to advantage anyone or else it is a recipe for civil unrest.

  8. Mlauzi says:

    I have been following comments written by THE ANALYST fo sometime and I must admit they have been full of wit and intelligence but this time around bwana mwalemba gibberish and nonsense. The reasoning is very poor and doesn’t make sense at all. The reasons you have stated suits more the first by the post law than otherwise. We don’t want to lose you Mr Analyst or have you been given a blue ban?

  9. jolozakapokola says:

    No rantings guys…its simple, opposition should just take it to parliament as a private members bill and it is done! Why rantings here.A Malawi tulo and kusalira..you talk too much and keep debating but no action. You will remain 100 years behind your neighbouring countries.

  10. Buyelekhaya says:

    They are dodgy simply because they’ve been benefiting with the current First-Past-the-Post system!

  11. gg says:

    Nexit elections it wll be 50plus 1 not stupid prev system. how can aperson with 36 perce rule the country this is fulish Ambendera ndi Anyilenda Dpp ikacoka ku ndende u sold uscat acheap price ms satana inu

  12. Ganizani says:

    So opposition especially MCP thinks with this system they are going to win the elections?? Hahahahaha!! Shame on You. U are just wasting your time.

  13. master says:

    all civilised countries are now for 50+1 even war torn countries in west africa,including kenya, zambia, and they are also progressive countries as well, on this u will hear some fools saying its a waste of tax payers money, and yet its normal for LUTEPOS to loot 4 billion,Mulli brothers to loot MSB of 3 billion via toxic loans and kill MSB eventually, resulting into 250 Job losses, are these not our own tax payers money? what kind of thinking is this? we need change in the way we choose leaders , this is one way of inclusive leadership!!!!! thats another way of uniting this country as some tribes will not feel big, untouchables once this is adopted!!!! those scared are only thseo who feel the status benefits them and not Malawinas

  14. BOKHO says:

    Yes we need 50+1 votes for the elected leader and not 36 % useless votes

  15. Phaghlani Vwavwa says:

    Just like all stupid black Africans who love themselves more than their country, some Malawians will reject this common sense electoral law that is practiced in most civilized countries. Malawi will never develop with such kind of people. Unfortunately they find themselves in leadership positions using the current stupid law and will give reasons why the current stupid law is after all “good” for Malawi. And we will spend lots of money just to protect the stupid law. Shame, shame, shame.

  16. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    While the 50+1 system guarantees majority support, it is a palpable recipe for war . . .

    The problem is that many Malawians samvetsa zinthu. And people who dont understand issues are dangerous as they are easily manipulated.

    When for instance, Gwanda Chakuamba was leading in the 1999 presidential election, he declared himself a winner and all his supporters flooded the streets chanting “Gwanda” “Gwanda”. When all counting was done, Gwanda came a distant, who cares what number!
    . . . Its only by happenstance that Gwanda’s supporters didn’t have much passion for him; otherwise, there would have been war.

    Maybe we are not being kind on time by dwelling in the distant past hence talking about Gwanda.
    . . . who has already forgotten how MCP supporters celebrated when some journalist from some radio station made an indication that Chakwera was leading in some constituency?
    . . . are we honest that if Chakwera or APM wins in the first round of voting and loses in the run-off; these supporters can accept without killing one or two or declaring that some region is theirs? Ha! You will be cheating yourselves.

    The 50+1 system is ideal for people oti mitu yawo imayenda bwinobwino and sadly for many Malawians; this is not the case.
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    Thus, while the 50+1 system guarantees unswerving mandate for an incumbent; the cost we Malawian shall have to pay (bloodshed, economic-activity stalemate, tumult, pandemonium) is far greater than the benefit (majority support).
    . . . and indeed, with sober minds; we need to approach this issue.

    Otherwise, although Malawians appear stupid or peaceful; they are not as peaceful. In fact, they are one the most violent peoples around who only lack opportunity.
    . . . nde violent plus kusamvetsa zinthu ndi ngozi yoopsa kwambiri.
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  17. Vyantonda says:

    lets go for a referendum coz our parliament is full of handout so it will not work

  18. Joseph Banda says:

    Owen Khumula & Sundries, do you really think 50+ will avoid complaints by the failures? You keep on deceiving Malawians that 50+ will solve inequities in our present political systems. I think not and you should start thinking otherwise. What will make you think that a ruling party will not use the same method that made them to win in this present system?

    Probably I am dull but I do not understand and comprehend the thinking of the media in Malawi. Probably they are dull.

  19. anjegame syaosimo says:

    A malawi tinakhala bwanji? Zomwezi referendum, borrow a leaf from our neighbour Zambia. They are for 50+. This is what happens when you are not certain of your populatity. This is one way of silencing your critics. Go for it please.

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