Ansah contradicts Commissioner Banda on Malawi fresh elections: ‘MEC has started preps’

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah has contradicted fellow commissioner  Moffat Banda on the status of preparations of fresh Constitutional Court instituted fresh elections.

Kajawa and his deputy Rachel Mazombwe Zulu during Parliament’s inquiry -photo by Lisa Kadango 
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Ansah responds to PAC questions at the National Assembly-pic by Lisa Kadango 
Moffart Banda: MEC has not started preparations for fresh elections-pic by Lisa Kadango

Earlier on, Commissioner Banda told the Pablic Appointments Committee (PAC) ) inquiry that they are yet to start preparing for the fresh elections because they are waiting for the outcome of the Supreme Court of Appeals ruling.

“To be honest, we are yet to start preparations because we were waiting to appear before this honorable committee as well as the Supreme Court ruling on the appeal,” he said.

However, when responding to Dowa North East parliamentarian Sam Kawale’s question whether the commission has started preparations for the fresh elections, Ansah responded positively.

Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, said they have started implementing the Constitutional Court rulling of fresh elections by “making a budget since a stay order has not yet been granted.”

She added: “We have made the budget and we are looking at the budget.”

The inquiry follows a February 3 2020 order of a five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court that nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election over irregularities and mandated Parliament to assess the commissioners’ competences.

On Tuesday, commissioners Yahaya M’madi, Moffat Banda, Linda Kunje and Jean Mathanga appeared before the committee at Parliament Building in Lilongwe. They followed in the footsteps of Mary Nkosi and Elvey Mtafu on Monday.

Next Commissioner to appear before PAC of Parliament is Rev. Killion Mgawi.

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YOSWA MKONYOFU
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YOSWA MKONYOFU

So you think Kunje scored a point by saying that and slaming the door? any sane person would not think that way. She only displayed hewr rotten behaviour.Other commissioners said almost the same things about tippex but in a civilised manner and not in arrogance. Never underate that comittee, it was sunctioned by the court to do that and its the same court that threw out the stay order and the same courts will decide the final verdict. This comittee has powers to recomend for a new MEC comission to run the next election or to let the same administer… Read more »

Munyasiwa
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Munyasiwa

Why should PAC waste their time listening to this woman who misuses her profession to advance the blue acidic thinking. Even when caught on camera celebrating the blue tippexed victory, she will tell you that she does not know which party is blue with her mouth opened wide without being ashamed that she is lying. She says she does not even know that chimanga 4 on the blue t-shirt belongs to a particular party. Yet she was happy posing with victory signs with cadets. Search me she is also a pastor. What a shame!

Kandulu
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Kandulu

MEC of lunatics.

Malawi belong to the citizens
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All commissioners have failed to perform, to the expectation of Malawians. They should just resign.

uyunu uyu
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you people are you not ashamed of your babyish, thin lies. do you still think that Malawians are taking your lies as truth, i thought you COMMISSIONERS have learnt a lessons from your past mistakes.we can only trust your if you honorably leave our beloved MEC leave our computers though you have deleted and distorted more applications, anyway we will have our own IT expert who will restore all of them. please rotten Commissioners no more lies we do not need an apology from you we need to see your resignation letters, leave our assets alone please!!!!!

Faith
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Faith

Pa mtumbo pako, galu

Mimba zikatola
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Mimba zikatola

Oh? Nkhani zake zimwezi? Moyo kuwawatu you wati?

wa Nyau
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wa Nyau

mukhalila wooona ma contradiction yooo.
koma kunje ndye wakuuzani ngamo kkkkk

Boris Johnson
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Boris Johnson

Eish. Different stories from the same department

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Disorganized organisation.

james
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Please we dont need these people at mec mukutiuza anzeru ndiwokhawo ku malawi they have dane there part enough is enough tithandizeni mabugwe ndi mabwalo ayende vuto if they remain there will end up kuceka pa ndi zikwanje