Malawi pollster commissioners’ term expires May: Mbendera urges quick reappointment

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners’ term of office expires in May and Chairperson Maxon Mbendera has since made a silent campaign for reappointment.

MEC Chairman, Justice Maxon Mbendera (L) and far (R) Commissioner Nancy Tembo:  Reappoint us or hire new team

MEC Chairman, Justice Maxon Mbendera (L) and far (R) Commissioner Nancy Tembo: Reappoint us or hire new team

Mbendera said on Monday the commissioners, including himself were available for reappointment for another five year term.

“The law provides that we can be reappointed,” said the Supreme Court judge.

“The commissioners are available should the government decide to reappoint them for another term but this should be done as soon as possible so that preparations for the 2019 elections starts,” said Mbendera.

He said even if the commissioners are not reappointed, the appointing authority should appoint new commissioners as soon as they can to give them ample time to prepare for the 2019 election on time.

An audit report a few months ago showed financial mess at the commission with some officials forced to go on leave and others interdicted.

The commissioners also hit headlines last year when they were demanding hefty salary increases and allowances.

There were also a lot of irregularities and maladministration in the 2014 general election with some ballot papers strewn in streets among others.

Mbendera said a by-election which was scheduled to be held in May in Mchinji West has been put on hold.

He said the commission wanted to hold the office before they exit office but the government has indicated it has no money to fund the by election in excess of over K200 million.

Mchinji West fell vacant following the sudden death of its MP Billy Kanjira Banda.

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15 thoughts on “Malawi pollster commissioners’ term expires May: Mbendera urges quick reappointment”

  1. Kamwela says:

    To be fair, we need new commissioners.

  2. joppie kumwenda says:

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. mbendera is, was, will be the most compromised fool that i ve ever seen .. the current crisis that this nation is now currently facing can all be traced to this fool. the government must appoint other people with new ideas and not cling on to this father of demons.. retard… don’t you ever think that we will forget that you conspired with mutharika to rig 2014 elections …..foooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

  3. LAWRENCE MALANNGIZO says:

    ngati zija mudachitazi ndichilungamo pipipatani bwino kuweruza ndi kwa aMwini MOYO

  4. Jahan says:

    Reappoint who? Mbendera? Are you fucking kiding me?

  5. Hendrix says:

    Please bwana Mbendera….we don’t want you. Hear this please…we are fed up with your Satanism. Go please. You sacrificed this country. You sold it to the devil. Go please. We don’t want to hear your big mouth saying you want to be reappointed. We are tired of you sir. People like you don’t deserve to be a live. We still remember the crocodile tears you shed on that fateful day. We don’t want to see you crying like a chicken again. Go go…..and tell Kanyetta your friend…he too is not welcome. He is an agent of the devil too.

  6. KHWANGWALA says:

    DEAR MANAGEMENT
    PLEASE BRING IN
    NEW BLOOD AT MEC
    THESE PPLE HAVE
    DONE THEIR PART

    LET THEM ALL GO
    EVEN A CLEANER

  7. Mbani says:

    haaaa! had it been Mchinji was Goliati the would have conducted by election yesterday and Mbendera knows this. This place is for the opposition just say something not about money

  8. Vyantonda says:

    re- appointment who? Mbendera? Noooooooo! go to hell with ur commissioners

  9. Jelbin Mk says:

    I didn’t know this could come so soon because i wanted Mbendela and Karonga gone sooner than now. They are compromised infact i need the whole commission to vacate. We need transperate and accountable commissioners.

  10. Chambe says:

    It doesn’t make any difference whether they go or get reappointed. Those prone to winning will win and those prone to loosing will loose.

  11. Kwawokwao says:

    Malawians don’t want you to extend your term of office , just go in peace , the country is in a mess because of your corrupt choice , we did not have elections in 2014 but it was your corrupt choice which you gave to Malawians. Go well with your corrupt team .

  12. Emmatuwa says:

    Kafikeni bwino ife tikufuna MEC yatsopano Baba yendani bwino Mulungu akudalitseni Justice Mbendera ntchito mwaigwira

  13. ineyo says:

    AFTER THE CONTROVERSY WITH WHICH THE COMMISSIONERS HANDLED THE 2014 ELECTIONS, NO NEED FOR RE-APPOINTMENT.

    JOST GO IN PEACE!

  14. Emmatuwa says:

    Kapumeni tikufuna MEC yatsopano ya chilungamo osati akuba

  15. Sangalabwi says:

    Mbendera go back to Supreme court you messed big, elections as well as misusue of funds…..I am not sure you have written any judgements at Supreme court,,,pitani bwino baba….but please dont bring Kenyatta Nyirenda, another compromised chicken………

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