Ansah–led MEC should be dissolved, submits lawyer Msisha to ConCourt

Lawyer Modecai Msisha, leading the legal team of second petitioner and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera in the presidential elections nullification petition case, on Friday in his final oral submissions asked the Constitutional Court to dissolve the current Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) if it upholds the nullification bid.

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah and commissioners
Modecai Msisha, leading the legal team of second petitioner and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera

Msisha suggests to the court that it must dissolve current MEC, the second respondent in the matter, because it failed to adhere to constitutional provisions governing management of elections in the country.

MEC is led by its chairperson Jane Ansah—a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal— and has seven commissioners.

According to Msisha, it appears MEC commissioners left the elections in the hands of MEC employees who “played games” with the management of the results.

Msisha says over 1 million votes were affected in various ways of tampering and that is enough to cast doubt on the results.

He further says MEC could have reached the same conclusion had it scrutinised the results or heeded to the alarm raised by the auditors.

MEC has also been faulted in its dealings with audit firm BDO as the audit firm’s report made several adverse findings about electoral body.

In his submission, lawyers Msisha also said one point the court may consider as part of the remedy is disqualification of a candidate who was associated with the fraudulent election activity – as it happened in most foreign jurisdictions.

In this particular case, Msisha prayed that the court should bar President Peter Mutharika from contesting if the court orders a fresh election as results of the irregularities.

He also said the same MEC that mishandled the May election cannot be trusted to handle the next elections, saying there are no minutes or documents suggesting that MEC commissioners were in charge of various processes or decision making during the election

Msisha arrived at this point after judge Mike Tembo sought for suggestions from him to explain what remedies the court can order to the rights of election breached by MEC in the May 2019 polls.

The lawyer submitted that MEC violated section 76 of the Republican Constitution, which says that every person is entitled to one vote. According to him MEC did not ensure that as it defaced results via correction fluid called tippex and put more weight to other voters’ votes through alterations thereby violating section 77 of the Constitution.

He also said MEC also violated section 40 of the Constitution.

Msisha said if the votes which were altered were to be removed from Mutharika’s votes, he will not obtain majority votes, hence not a winner.

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Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
11 months ago

Eya achita bwino kupempha court kuti MEC commissioners ndi khang’a wao Ansah atule pansi maudindo kudzera ku judgement coz mu court munalibe part yotula pansi a Ansah ngakhale amaumirira mpando kuti atule court ikalamula. Bravo Msiska nkhokwe ya ma lawyer.

Nzika
Nzika
11 months ago

On top of that, The president MUST be stripped off the powers of appointing MEC Commissioners. Mutharika claims he is not the one mandated to fire Ansah yet he had the mandate to appoint her. Ndi zomveka zimenezi? Akuopa chiyani? Nanga anagwirizana zotani ndi Ansah?

Jumbrado
Jumbrado
11 months ago

Mwadoda a Malawi kwa nthawi yayitali ….opusa azimangidwa

In qualified Judge
In qualified Judge
11 months ago

Your respect for Msisha is based on your pathological hatred towards the govt. If Kaphale was representing MCP n Msisha representing the govt, he would have been a villain.

When all said n done the petitioner’s case holds no water how can they claim that the elections were rigged when they could not produce parallel results baring in mind that they had their parallel tarry centers

The Sage
The Sage
11 months ago

Kodi ankolo mwatani Kodi? Why produce parallel results when the irregularities speak louder? What will the parallel results prove? Mu Chichewa tikuti ndondomeko zoyenelela sizinasatidwe, ndipo nchimene chabweletsa chikayiko chachikulu pa zisankhozi… Kaya mukumva mbudye?!

Musheke
Musheke
11 months ago
Reply to  The Sage

Which ndondomeko chimwene. Za ndondomekozo ndiye zakanidwa kale kukhoti. Kodi anthuni simukumva patipati.

Gulukunyinda
Gulukunyinda
11 months ago

Chitsilu chilidi ndi mwini wake. Tipexeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Brighton Matope
Brighton Matope
11 months ago

Ansah and his team be fired . That’s the only answer to solve this problem of rigging elections.

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
11 months ago

Not only dissolve it but Charge them with crimes!

Watchman
Watchman
11 months ago
Reply to  Apumbwa

Correct

Nzika
Nzika
11 months ago

Che Victor mupusa nazo izi! Che Scott, lamulo loti president azisankha ma commissionera MEC lichotsedwe chifukwa ppresident akumaiwala kuti nayenso ndi servant wa anthu omwe anamuvotera. Mmbuyomu anthu ananena nkhani yoti president asamapatsidwe mphamvu zambiri chifukwa kenako amatailira nkumasalabadira zonena za anthu ngati mmene amapangira Mugabe ndi Guchi Grace. Kuno Grace ndi Gertrude chifukwa nayenso wayamba kuyerekedwa nkumapanga ngati Grace Mugabe.

Kabwande
Kabwande
11 months ago

Msiska and not Msisha

Revolutionary
11 months ago
Reply to  Kabwande

It’s modecai Sisha not msiska

Alije
Alije
11 months ago
Reply to  Kabwande

Yes if tampered votes are removed from second respondent, he did not win so msiska is right, mavotiwo nga Chakwera, they took the law into their hands: cadets and mec employees, ma commissioners kumangoyang’ana mavoti a wanthu akusokonezedwa kubisa chilungamo

Maunits
Maunits
11 months ago

Victor wwhy tippex. You tippex figure for change. Why jublicates instead of original because you want to hide the original written figure and upload altered figure that is breach of law that governs elections.

Tuvitwana
Tuvitwana
11 months ago

A Victor KUPEPERA, YOU STILL THIS OLD MAN the TIPPEX man!?
Ufera u CADET wo

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