MCP calls for electoral law amendment: ‘50 + 1 law to elect Malawi President’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP)president Lazarus Chakwera has asked the government to speed up electoral law amendments that should include changing the current way of electing a Head of State from the current first-past-the-post and adopt a 50 per cent plus one law to ensure that the winner of presidential elections enjoyed majority support.

Chakwera: Advocates for universal legitimacy

Chakwera: Advocates for universal legitimacy

Where in a general election there is no candidate  who gather 50 percent, there should be a run off for the top two candidates to determine the winner.

He said the new law will ensure that Malawi no longer is ruled by “a President rules with few votes” but rather a leader who has “universal support”.

Chakwera, who is also leader of opposition in parliament, said there was also need to extend time limit when elections results are to be announced, saying they should be announced after all queries have been attended to.

“The Malawi Electoral Commission should announce the results from constiruencies in the presence of both local and international observers,” said Chakwera.

He said these electoral reforms are a matter of urgency and warned if the government fails to table them, the MCP would bring the bill through the private member’s bill.

Chakwera said if election were held today, the DPP would be kicked out of government but said there was need to put in place electoral laws that would bring credibility to the poll result.

Malawi’s interfaith organization, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) have recognised that 50 per cent plus one rule guarantees the leader acceptable, popular, majoritarian mandate.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Peter Mutharika was declared the winner of Malawi’s May 20, 2014 presidential election after defeating Joyce Banda.

Mutharika, the brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, 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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43 thoughts on “MCP calls for electoral law amendment: ‘50 + 1 law to elect Malawi President’”

  1. Kkkkkkkkkk When will this reverend stop playing a cry baby ??

  2. yako ija says:

    But the president is still the last person to assent a bill into law!!!!!!!!!! kkkkkkkkkk

  3. Chingolopiyo says:

    Its better to understand things before comenting, en dont just coment on political lines! What Chakwera said is what is needed to be done as soon as possible becoz what we have is a minority government {36.4%} supressing thd majority {63.4%} The 50 + 1% vote will help political parties to form alliances with good MoU and that will help to share the developments equally to all the regions, we have many stupit people comenting nosense, if you are paid for those shit coments, you are destructing the country, becoz every normal person knws that things are out of hand in Malawi

  4. HENS MASTER says:

    I believe that 50 +1 electoral law will force political parties to focus on national issues than regional ones AND campaign beyond their current bases. No party can win elections by focussing on their political bases. Secondly issues of tribalism may be reduced or eliminated.

  5. kkkk says:

    And you believe you can get 50 +1 % votes, day dreaming Reverend, go back God is still calling you to attend to his people through preaching osati munthu waulemu ngati iwe anthu akayamba kukutukwana, kodi ukuyesa ndale ndi zinthu, Ask Baba Tembo he will tell you in black and white

  6. anzeru says:

    Indeed that’s a more fair approach than the current set up. But as long as Malawians’ appetite for Presidency remains the same this will never be met. Imagine fielding up to 12 presidential candidates – such a small country??. Then how do you expect a 50 + 1% to be met??. At least trim the number of final Presidential candidates to 3 even just 2. Otherwise we will be having Presidential elections every 90 days until the coming of Jesus – Nanji mtundu wathuwu wosowa mzimu wololerana. Ngati zikumakanika ngakhale azibusa mmipingomu. Inuyo bwa mzimu wakumwamabawu wololeranawu muli nawo? Muyambe inuyo Abusa anga, ndimakulemekezanitu chifukwa cha kudzozedwako. Ndipo mau pang’ono kwa inu Abusa, as long as you don’t embrace the southern region in campaign strategies, forget about the so called 50 + 1% achievement. Open your eyes and see the regional and tribal disease that has affected our nation. Malawi really needs prayers. Abusa mapemphero akufunika kwambiri as a Nation and not as a Party. Brethren there is need to rise above Party Politics.

  7. Hyten Zuze says:

    kukhonza kumayambira 50 kumapita mtsogolo so why somebody crowned winner with 36 percent. Bola maganizo a Chakwerawa.

  8. Captain Mediocrity says:

    Another day, another chance to witness the ignorance that is am the typical malawian, on the best platform to show stupidity anonymously….cry thy beloved country.

    I wonder if any of you have stopped to think what such a system would do for those in the drivers seat. Do we not recall bingu’s second term, in which he won by majority?? The 50 +1 might ensure support but what kind of support will those in power (WHETHER MCP, PP OR DPP) have access to, and to what ends??? This current system ensures a system of checks and balances when the majority are in opposition.

    The real questions to be asked are what roles do these people in the opposition actually play in our govt and are they doing all that they should and need to do within the scope of their roles?

  9. SONG says:

    This is very good system, we will vote, no question of funds, if DPP misappropriated K577bilion was that not worthy for rerun. This currently has money but our money is stolen. Don’t say where do get money that’s why donors don’t trust DPP any more because they are thieves.

  10. Sapitwa says:

    Makes no difference. There would be no guarantee that MCP or DPP would win. People would sway their votes for different reasons.if you are craving for this thinking that you will win well you will be shocked that this system might not favour you at all.
    Again where would money come from with meager resources for elections? We can’t wait for too long to hear the results for this would be an opportunity to twist the results by the ruling party iwe mbusa! Go and ask Tembo the political fundi who knows everything in and out, he will now tell you why MCP has been failing to win elections. He knows that it will take time for MCP to win.Chalaka bakha nkhuku siyingatole.You have a long way to go bambo mbusa.Keep on staggering.

  11. Boyd Kilembey says:

    Ichi ndiye chamba zedi. How many people would turn up in a re-run in Malawi? So for example if 6m people turned up in the first polls, then in a rerun there are 1m voters, should the 1m voters overturn what 6m people had voted?
    First past the post is the best ever.

    And who says Zim is a good model to follow when it is a certified failed state?

  12. chemwali kulibe says:

    If Zimbabwe is folliowing this system why cant we do the same.Why should we be ruled by somebody with solen 36 percent votes.The president nust get at least 50 plus 1 votes.All intelligent people would support this.But stupid , dull , idiots, people from the lomwe belt cant support becoz this bububu cant win elections with the proposed set up.Peter is not ruling this country but others close to him.God will di wanders to vet rid of the many problems currently facing Malawians.He has his own ways.

  13. Kabwira Kapasula says:

    Whether 50 + 1 or not , MCP can’t win, truth pains but that is the fact

  14. Munthu wamkulu says:

    This amendment bill should be done as soon as possible.We don’t want to experience the same in 2019 to be led by some under performing crooks.Chakwera is right on this.

  15. PETER NYADANI says:

    Ndili kuno ku Thyolo THEKERANI
    Bwana njala
    Yavuta thandizeni kadeya
    Kamuzu amagawa chimanga
    Cha ulere
    Bwanji sizikutheka

  16. zaro says:

    a chakwera tufuna ma solutions a mabvuto ali powa! Ndale not now! Dyera bwnji a pastor!!!! Mudzatiberatu achakweratu!!…

  17. Andrew Obama says:

    Bwana Chakwera. All these DPP chickens are blind like their president and will critisize anything you say. They fear you and the Mighty MCP. They loose sleep everytime you talk to the nation. That’s what insecure people do. Even chickens have better common sense.

  18. Mwana Mlopwana ndiwe chitselekwete. Msowoya sadakhalepo wa DPP but was appointed the first Minister of Higher Education during Bingu’s era. May be you do not know that he was the one and possibly the first to leave the ministerial position because of lack of vision for the higher education shown by His then Excellency Daniel Bingu Mtharika Phiri. Know the history of your country buthi.

  19. Ochewa says:

    Anzathu akumwela imeneyi mukuyiopa chifukwa munazolowela kubela

  20. learnedmi says:


  21. Mirella K says:

    Makes a bit sense but taking months to announce results may not necessariy guarantee credibility and fairness in elections

  22. mwana mulopwana says:

    Incase of re-run who will foot the bills of re-run, Dr Chakwera pls its high time you start thinking of getting the votes, what I know is that both you and vice president are greedy people,

    I am still waiting for you to explain to me how you acquired house and property in Area 10 during the period you were at Assemblies of God while your pastors in the same church could only get 5000Kwacha and had to rely on food donation fro the congregation akakhaka a VC , he jumped boats from DPP to MCP in order to be the running mate to Tembo, very greedy people you are

  23. kamuna wa a kamuna says:

    Kapolo wa dziko, othawa nkhosa za ambuye. Bwererani mkachitsi a chakwera

  24. chemwali kulibe says:

    all supporters of DPP are stupid

  25. Mccarthy says:

    I think kumalawi zachuluka ndi Mbuzi, How Can you still supporting DPP, the party of thieves, I cry for my Country, shame on you.

  26. Peter Ibu Lhomwe says:

    This piece of amendment is long overdue. We are tired of being ruled by tribal presidents. I know some quarters are uncomfortable with the suggestion because with their political parties are tribal. We have to chose this or embrace federation. Our friends in Zambia are doing what is being proposed. Bravo Lazarus

  27. onyonyo says:

    Chakwera will never rule malawi

  28. onyonyo says:

    50+1 MCP singakwanitse inu dikilani muphunzira ndale.

  29. Msadane says:

    Dr Chakwera’s call makes sense. Even pa Zimbabwe pomwepa they practice 50% plus 1 to be declared a winner. Even in an exam, convention has had it for a long time that you need to score at least 50% to pass a subject. Exceptions to this convention are simply that, exceptions. A system that allows ruling a country with less than 50% erodes credibility and legitimacy of the incumbent. I fully support this position. Hopefully it will meet the approval of majority on the legislature and be crafted into law before the next general election.

  30. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Dr, Chakwera, elections are not our immediate concern. People are waiting for solutions from you guys in the opposition and not how to elect a president.

    Goof!!!! gooffff!!!!!

  31. sangomaaa says:

    mukunamizanatu inu kwambiri…Anthu akufuna chitukuko osat ndale A chakwera

  32. burning says:

    Razalo,in 2019 you will become a good prophet.when you preach people will Ndale Razaloo ayiii,iwe.MCP sidzawinanso razaloo bwelera Ku Assemblies of god.lapa iwe lapilatu ndale leka sungalamure dziko anakunamiza

  33. Clement says:

    Shame to chakwera, you think DPP can afford to lose elections with your unformidable Congress? Well, am sure your medulla oblongata is not working properly. Lets top two reruns the elections and should be DPP and mcp, do you think mcp can stand against DPP? Kkkkk DPP failed to get 50 plus coz of udf, pp and chipani cha pfuko without these parties DPP could have win with 50 plus votes. You will see come 2019.

    1. Mccarthy says:

      I think kumalawi zachuluka ndi Mbuzi, How Can you still supporting DPP, the party of thieves, I cry for my Country, shame on you.

  34. Neema says:

    kkkkkkk! they will sink down very well with mzimayi wa mlomo wautaliyu before they know it. ayyyyyyyyyyhhhh! very confused party.

  35. ngerengere says:

    Chakwera will die of heart attack you thought God has chosen you because you are a pastor.God does not see what man sees .it realy seem given the chance you are a bad leader.Give back the car if you care about people and your senseless will never win an election against Dpp .

  36. master says:

    Thats a more fair approach than the current setup, this will do away with tribal president who is simply mandated to rule the country via his tribesmen, this new approach will ensure inclusive democracy at all cost, and further reduce tribal connections among the political elites

  37. Winford Saka says:

    If What Chakwera says come to Pass ,he should know that he has lost the battle for leadership of the country because he is Popular in the central region.

  38. jona pwele says:

    Kodi a chakwera dziko lokhala ndi anthu a jealous ngati inu silingatukuke

  39. Fenali A L says:

    Those hating MCP are idiots from Lhomwe belt

  40. Fwetseke! says:

    Chakweratu wayamba kuzitokosa ndi chala iwe. Are you sure if we voted today you would go to the State House? Why then have you faired miserably in recent by-elections? Komatu anyamata agule wamkulu simukuuzana zanzeru. I am happy that you don’t know much about DPP. I think you are talking of PP not DPP.

    Don’t think a 50+1 can and shall scare DPP. In fact, whether enacted or not, we shall offer you a landslide in 2019 such that a re-run won’t be necessary. This will happen even if we have more than 20 presidential candidates. Just pray hard that we leave that long and witness the final blow to your political ambitions, as you are currently not a politician but someone who harbours political ambitions. Just free advice.

  41. BigMan says:

    MCP, you are the party of darkness, death, genocide and blood. That is why you have never and will never win a presidential election in this country. It is not about the electoral system, you have no universal appeal outside of the central chewa region. Just like a jew would never vote for a Nazi party, we Malawians will never put your kind back into power. Never Again!!! Munatizunza, kutipha, kutikhapa, kutinyoza nthawi yayitali! May you rot in opposition.

  42. Malawian!!! says:

    But these MCP people. This is not UK or America please.

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