MCP MP tables bill for electoral reform in Malawi

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament for Lilongwe South, Peter Dimba on Thursday successfully tabled his motion seeking Parliament permission to bring a private member’s Bill to support the electoral reforms.

Dimba: We need electoral reforms

Dimba: We need electoral reforms

Chakwera: MCP championing electoral reforms to suit democracy

Chakwera: MCP championing electoral reforms to suit democracy

The Bill seeks to shiftingto 50-plus-one system of electing a State President from the current first-past-the-post and the amendment of electoral laws.

The legislation also wants no media house to announce un-official election results before reaching the authorized and established tally centre.

In the electoral reform recommendations, stakeholders, among others, recommended the amendment of the  Parliamentary  and  Presidential  Elections Act  and  the  Local  Government  Elections  Act to be integrated into a single Election Act.

This comes after a report on wide consultation conducted by the  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) with major electoral stakeholders which revealed the need on how elections should be managed.

Dimba said the  need for electoral reforms comes after a chaotic 2014 elections which was marred with irregularities.

“Basically these reforms should have come earlier than expected as you know MEC calendar involves preparation for election and the registration for voters.

“With these reforms all we want to achieve is excellence in how elections are managed,” he said.

The stakeholders also recommended  financing of political campaigns be legislated to ensure transparency and accountability.

Further, the reforms propose a law to allow better management of the transition from polling day to the inauguration of the President and Vice-President to ensure sufficient time for a petition to be resolved prior to inauguration.

The stakeholders also called for amendment of  Section 77 of the Constitution to establish the age of voter eligibility to be 18 years of age or older, on the day of the election and  on  polling as well as Section  67(1)  of  the  Constitution  for  general  elections  to  be conducted in September rather than May.

Other recommendations include empowering MEC to issue subsidiary legislation:  in line with international best practice, the MEC should be empowered to issue Regulations on its key areas of competence and the election process under the Electoral Commission Act.

Recommendations were to establish a specific offence for vote buying (whether by handouts or other means) should be included in the election laws, as well as the Corrupt Practices Act to deter vote buying and staggered announcement of results as follows; seven days for the President, 14 days for  National Assembly and 21 days for local councils.

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Wa mwale
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Mr Kuchekwacha, seems to be the most MBULI ya DPP yomaliza out of all, he is misunderstanding, je does not know that this law is about mcp it is for Malawians, it is the same in Zambia, Mr kuchekwacha I know you are a support of dpp, but this kind of support is counterproduction to the nation we all support dpp I am one of men supported dpp, I will support it agin if they change the way they running the country. Mwina you live at the state house, you eat free food without cost, not vat, no tax, fuel… Read more »
Binnwell Kachikopa
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Some dpp poor headed supporters are cheating themselves, one of them is this idiot called Kuchekwacha/behumane. With 50+ voting system dpp can never win any election. Do your own survey and find out the truth 80% Malawians dont want Mutharika and your dpp for simple reasons 1. DPP IS A WALKING DEVIL, 2. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT FAMILIAR WITH MALAWI NATION, HE IS BETTER OFF LIVING IN AMERICA, 3. MALAWI ECONOMY HAD NEVER BEEN WORSE THAN IN TODAYS DPP RULING, EVEN LESS EDUCATED MULUZI WAS BETTER OFF THAN THIS YOUR PROFESSOR, 4. DPP KILLS DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY ALL CRITICS AND… Read more »
G Sasani
Guest

That is good idea but I have problem with this reforms they should also consider number of candidate contest. Just imagine having more than 20 candidate and you expected the win to have 50+ vote that is impossible.

JAMES CHIMBALANGA
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Mukuziyalusa kugulu ndikusamvetsa zinthu.

Kuchekwacha
Guest

MCP still hallucinating that they can win the presidency. Let me tell you, whatever mode of elaction you propose, DPP wont’t be your match come 2019. Even if the opposition fields one candidate, you can’t unseat DPP for the reasons you all well know. To DPP, this is a blessing in disguise because the opposition will once again receive a humiliating result that will silence it forever. Tiyenawoni. .

Pa Yembe
Guest

Let us hope this will be successful.Imagine having a presidential winner with 30% and then he controls 100% of the fiscus for all intents and purposes.

Jones Yatsanya
Guest

Bravo MCP! This is the way to go: following legal processes to table the much overdue reforms. Whoever would be against these electoral reforms has questionable motives and integrity. Please Honourable members lets support these reforms to ensure that our elections are much more credible and widely acceptable. Lets borrow a leaf from our neighbour Zambia!

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