MEC wants law to deregister inactive Malawi political parties

Pollster, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is proposing tough laws that would see inactive political parties being deregistered.

Commissioner Chinkwita Phiri (left) and  MEC chair Justice Maxon Mbendera:   Inactive parties need to to be deregistered

Commissioner Chinkwita Phiri (left) and MEC chair Justice Maxon Mbendera: Inactive parties need to to be deregistered

MEC chairperson Mackson Mbendera said on Wednesday during the official announcement of by-elections results that out 59 registered political parties in Malawi, only three participated in the parliamentary by-election in Zomba Chisi and local government by-elections in Lilongwe and Mchinji.

“If they can’t participate in elections, what are they here for,” wondered Mbendera.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the main opposition, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the People’s Party participated in the parliamentary by-election whilst MCP and DPP participated in the two local government by-elections.

The DPP won the parliamentary by-election whilst the MCP won the local government by elections.

Mbendera said only 19 out of the 59 registered political parties participated in the 2014 general election.

Mark Katsonga, president of PPM told a radio station recently that him and his party go on political sabbatical leave after a general election to give the winning president and party embark on development programmes without political hindrance.

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18 thoughts on “MEC wants law to deregister inactive Malawi political parties”

  1. Chingolopiyo says:

    While MEC {Mbendera} may be right but we should not forget that freedom of association is inshrine in our constitution. As for most of the political parties are already dead naturally leave them. As for MEC you are the referree who officiate the game between two teams, i dont think its your duty to propose who to play who for you to officiate, our democracy is not stable, that gives room for new political parties to be formed,

  2. Tonde says:

    Umodzi party kkkkkkkkk

  3. Truck says:

    THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED TO PARTICIPATE BECAUSE YOU RIGGED THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS LAST TIME THEY DONT TRUST MEC ANYMORE

  4. chimbofwa says:

    Why worry they are constructively deregisted already on their own like UDF is already deregistered from their conduct. Why deregister them again kikikikiki

  5. Manuel says:

    Tikonze kaye ma national ID then parties should show evidence of existence of set minimum membership levels e.g 30% of eligible voters. 2,Parties that fail to field candidates in 25% of constituencies for 2 consective general elections be automatically deregistered before the 3rd G.E

  6. Gadabwali says:

    Why participate when it’s a foregone conclusion that mec chooses the winner by not following its own rules? Any wonder that the same mentality spilled over to fam’s elections? Ma judge apa Malawi amenewo!

  7. Mapwevupwevu says:

    It is Maxon Mbendera that needs to be de-barred and de-registered as a law practitioner in Malawi!

  8. Alex Likoswe says:

    Is Chimkwita a life Mec executive. No. This guy should go to retirement

  9. dzambo says:

    what is you interest mec? Political parties are part of the democratic process in any country. While too many may not be the best scenario, I think legislating political parties on the basis of active or inactive does not do just to political dynamics in Malawi. What should a party that has no seat in parliament be doing in between a five year period? I think the measure of which party is credible or not should always be decided by the electorate at each successive election, not through “tough legislation.” How much harm do they do by remaining registered? Does it do any harm to the books at the Registrar general’s office? I also think mec is not the right body to advance this agenda. Your role is to manage elections and declare whether rightly or wrongly that some party has won. Do referee determine which teams should be in the super league or premier league? Are we not, as mec, crossing boundaries here, a crossing that might infringe on people’s freedom to political participation. I have no briefcase political party but Iam just thinking!

  10. ngongoliwa says:

    A mbendera, iyi si ntchito yanu. inu kwanu nkuyendetsa zisankho, better still do fest ya 50+1% kuti president awine, zinazi MUZALIRA NAZO

  11. The Analyst says:

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    You know, it is very annoying to have to listen on to the radio for election results’ update, when all that you want to hear about are results for two or three presidential candidates but you have to wait for all other useless party candidates to be mentioned.

    If you can delete them, howsoever you do it; you will save me much time listening to the radio for election results.
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    . . . However, how do you determine which party is active or inactive? Is participating in an election being active? What if the non-participating parties are supporting other party’s ideologies hence see no need to island up in the race?
    . . . Will you not be directed by the powers that be, to wage a revenge on some political party’s leader for being critical; in the name of de-registering for inactivity?
    . . .Trust me, the criteria for de-registering a party can never be unambiguous.
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  12. Tonny says:

    I suggest we DEregister MEC or at least DEregister the whole MEC exec

  13. vavlov says:

    Disgruntled politicians form parties which cant be sustained. For instance AFORD, with its dunderhead leader, Chihana is a dying party, in fact already dead, except in its leader’s home. Now Chihana is upfront drumming for the northern Malawi to be autonomous, do you know why? He thinks he can be a leader in the north. But can northers be that stupid to be led by such a dunderhead, I wonder.

  14. Juma Mike says:

    That’s true Mr Frag we need to have two if not three parties

  15. haward says:

    Basi ndi Dpp, Mcp and pp bcoz Udf idalowa Dpp and enawa alowe zipani zina osachita dyera ndi u president simadzawuwona

  16. Deregister dem,,,,,zinazi sizikuziwika mkomwe,,,,,,zikagwere uko,,,,,,muyambire PPM,ndi chija cha Kamlepo Kalua,,,,,

  17. zimkambani says:

    I suggest we need 4 parties we have 3 already and we can add 1 more may be AfORD wake up Malawi let us be visionary. We must deregister UDF they should merge with DPP after all DPP is an off shoot of UDF

  18. M says:

    It is to do with fünding. Unless the People buy into polical agenda, it is difficult to find resources for camplain

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