Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) has put its weight behind pollster Malawi Electoral Commission chair Mackson Mbendera call for speedy appointment of commissioners following the expiry of the term of office of the current officials.
Mesn executive director Steve Duwa however disagreed with Mbendera that names of the new commissioners be announced before the current ones leave office on May 18.
“That can cause problems. Let the present commissioners leave office on May 18 after which the appointing authority should announce the names,” said Duwa.
He however said soon after the present commissioners leave office, new commissioners should be appointed immediately for continuity and do preparations for the 2019 general election.
The president appoints commissioners for the pollster in consulatation with leaders of political parties represented in parliament.
Government is yet to comment on Mbendera’s comment.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :