Malawi pollsters goes ahead with elections without chair, CEO

Pollster, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) officials say they will go ahead with the Mchinji West byelections and four other local government by-elections on November 1 in the absence of chairman, chief executive officer and six other key members of staff.

Linda Kunje: MEVC going ahead

Linda Kunje: MEVC going ahead

Chairman of the commission Justice Maxon Mbendera died suddenly a month ago after he collapsed in a meeting whilst the chief executive officer Willie Kalonga and six others are on suspension on issues bordering on abuse of MEC money and fraud.

But MEC Commissioner Linda Kunje said the pollster is not contravening any laws by going ahead with the byelections.

“MEC operations cannot stop,” she said.

“ MEC operations are going on very well because we have some staff who have taken over from the suspended staff and preparations for the byelections are going on well,” Kunje said.

Malawi Law Society secretary general Khumbo Soko said laws allow MEC to operate and hold elections in the absence of the chsirman and the chief executive officer.

The pollster wants to hold the byelection in Mchinji West where a Malawi Congress Party MP Billy Kanjira Banda died of heart attack and local government byelections in four centred in Lilongwe, Dedza, Kasungu and Zomba.

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