Malawi Electoral Commission cancels by-elections over lack of funds

Pollster, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has indifintely postponed the highly contetious June 6 Lilongwe south east rerun election and other by-elections in the country.

Ansah: No money, no byelections

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah has told a high level stakeholders meeting in the constituency that the government has said it has no money to fund the Supreme Court ordered rerun and other byelections.

“The government says it can only have money after this year’s budget is passed, therefore we cannot do anything about it,” said Ansah.

She said the government has categorically said it has money for essential services only including the buying of drugs in its hospitals.

Opposition political parties, who already started campaigning, were very angry with the decision, saying it was ill timed and in bad faith.

The meeting was taking place at Chiwoko Primary school at the time Nyasa Times was posting this online.

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DOBO
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I follow what MEC is saing. Soon after Supteme Court ruling,MEC said they will consult about the rulling.Few days later,they said they could not conduct the election because Government had money.Just few days from that anoucement,they anounced the date of 6 June,2017 as the date of by-election not a re-run meaning the monex was then available.While Malawians were discussing the decision to conduct by-election not a re-run as ruled by highest court in Malalawi,the MEC is bucj to square one, no money. There are many implications and conclusions which can be drawn from these swifts and turns.One thing for sure… Read more »
ungwelu
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This is not adding up………….

Why postpone by-elections indefinitely? Parliament budget Meeting will be in June 2017 for the 2017/2018 financial year.

SO WHY NOT JUST RESCHEDULE THE DATE TO 1ST AUGUST 2017??

Mmalawi
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Ozathu nkhanz,a izo. mmmmmm

Hatton Mbewe
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Mndambala Boy, wati chani? Central region are malawians okonda mtendere? Since when, anthu anyakula, nkhaza ndi nyau inu? mukayambana ku central region kwanuko mumatengana ndi kumakapherana ku south, remember 1983 zomwe zinachitika ku Thambani?
musiye nkhanza anthu a central region mosogozedwa ndi Chakwera, m’busa wakugwa.

MNDAMBALA BOY
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Ndiwe wekhatu panopo ukuonetsa umburi, sindikudziwa kuti ubongo wako ukuyenda, Man ask anthu akwanu kuti the time zimapangidwa zosakhala bwinozo as you are still claiming, anthu amapanga zimenezo ndi ati? akuuza kuti ndi amene ali ku DPP that is why achina Chasowa ndi ena anaphedwa, Ufunseso kuti MCP anayambitsa ndani? akuuza kuti ndi anthu aku South pamodzi ndi North, but why anasankha Kamuzu kukhala President from Central? I would love to see you coming again here ukatolera komaso ukakhala Mmalawi weni weni, osati umbuli ulinawowo, you remember July 20?

jab
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koma tiziwona

Chitukuko
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The leadership is aware that it will not make it. I ask you fellow Malawians to refrain from divisive political language let us get UNITED as one person without mentioning who comes from where, because everyone is feeling the burden from Chitipa to Nsanje. For example IPte 9 and Odl 4 teachers are not employed across the country. Yet teacher pupil racial is very sharp graphically, but the government is silent we do not know where the money went which they said it was ready for recruitment of teachers. We should live as one person and bring change to the… Read more »
alungwana
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So sad but we understand the politics behind it. Akunjenjemela

peter chipo
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This is contempt off court. MCP should start contempt proceedings against MEC, the ST and the Minister of FIance. we knowe they would paly such tricks.

Kaloswe Minyeriwa SC
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Can someone clearly define the word “Government”

Baba Puludzu
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DPP ikuopa masankho coz ikudziwa kuti ndi mmene ziliri pa ground mmadela ose sangawine kotelo angoyalukapo chabe.

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