Malawi’s interfaith organization, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has recomended that amending the electoral law on 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.
PAC spokesperson Father Peter Mulomole disclosed this through a media statement made at the end of the conference which was held from 23-24 July 2014 at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.
“The meeting recommended that the country should maintain the majoritarian system, and move from [First Past the Post] FPTP to Two Round System to ensure that the winner of elections should be obtaining 50%+1 of the votes,” reads the statement.
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.
“It was proposed that the Two Round System should apply to the presidential and parliamentary elections whereas FPTP should be maintained for the local government and parliamentary elections.”
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Peter Mutharika was declared the winner of Malawi’s May 20 disputed presidential election after defeating president 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.
The religious group recognised that 50 per cent plus one rule guarantees the leader acceptable, popular, majoritarian mandate.
PAC meeting also discussed on the controversial anti defection law, Section 65 of the constitution.
“The meeting resolved that section 65 should be amended by reverting to its original formulation (before the amendment of 2001). Further, the meeting agreed that the amended Section 65 should include independent members of parliament for it to be effective .
“The amended section should be relocated to S. 63 i.e. making floor crossing as one of the grounds upon which one can lose a seat. The meeting suggested that the reformulated section should be clear and empower the Speaker with unimpeded space to deal with floor crossing,” said the statement.
PAC said it will continue to consult various stakeholders on some of these issues for the sake of common good.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :