Ansah position at Malawi Electoral Commission is ‘untenable’

A governance analyst and University of Malawi (Unima) political commentator have said the embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Jane Ansah position at the helm of MEC is untenable following public discontent.

Ansah: Facing demands to resign and adamant, saying court will decide her fate
Jane Ansah must resign banner at the protests

The civil society organisations (CSOs), electoral stakeholders and the electorate are demanding Ansah’s resignation on allegations that she failed to handle the May 21 presidential elections, which were marred by alleged irregularities and purportedly favouring President Peter Mutharika.

Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was declared the winner, but other contenders for the presidency, notably Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Chilima of UTM are challenging the results at the Constitutional Court.

In comments reported by the press,   University of Malawi’s Chancellor College-based political analyst Ernest Thindwa said he believed that Ansah’s status as MEC chairperson was no longer safe.

“Whether what she did was right or wrong, her position is untenable,” said Thindwa.

“The significance of the issues that some people have raised, including the position by the court to validate the petition by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM, shows the concerns are genuine.

“In my view, perception matters most and that the best thing Justice Ansah would do is to honourably resign,” said Thindwa in quotes reported by The Nation daily newspaper on Tuesday.

The paper also quoted governance expert Henry Chingaipe, who said: “If what is happening in the country regarding the role of the MEC chair was happening in a country where democracy and governance systems were strong, Justice Ansah would have stepped down on her own long ago.”

Chingaipe said the problem in Malawi is that “people look at the legality context and not the ethical considerations.”

The governance expert said apart from Ansah being in that position legally, “there is need to consider the integrity of the position she holds and the whole institution.”

Civil rights activist, Rafiq Hajat who is executive director for Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI) said Ansah is “in an awkward position” as the matter is court.

Speaking in an exclusive interview last week with private broadcaster Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Ansah described accusations of her personal bias as unfounded and baseless.

During the interview, Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, rejected any calls for her to resign on principle, saying she will wait for the court’s judgement on the matter to decide whether to call it quits.

She described nationwide demonstrations demanding her resignation as “mob justice”.

Recently, Chilima, who served as the country’s vice-president between May 2014 and May 2019, also wrote Ansah a letter in which he said he had evidence that the embattled MEC chairwoman spoke to colleagues at the electoral body to work on re-electing Mutharika and stop the possible ascendancy to the vice-presidency of MCP running mate Muhammad Sidik Mia allegedly for being a Muslim.

During the ZBS interview, Ansah denied both allegations, saying she has no access to MEC staff except the chief elections officer.

She said: “What I can say is that I did my work according to law.”

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Mr Truth Pains
1 year ago

My simple advise,

Next election MEC must hire Accountants in all polling centers for correct summation of ballot papers and tallying the results sheets and Soldiers for Security of all polling centres.

We have many accountants graduating from Malawi schools who can do better job than these sons and daughters of MEC stuff who lack basic mathematical skills.

Exclude sons and daughters of MEC Officials from all election related processes. They are the ones messing up elections bcoz their parents have been paid up in advance and these sons and daughters are beneficiaries.

Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr Truth Pains

Even better… we must have biometric n electronic voting machines EVMs. It’s the most effective way to elect a legitimate leader. The monies spent on these bullshit elections which have been rigged since dpp have come into political landscape of this country, is much more than what we can buy these EVMs one time and use them many elections to come. No more bloody rigging n stealing by any parties. Best way to democratically hold elections n democratically elect genuine n legitimate leaders. Donors will be gladly happy to sponsor the procurement of EVMs. Current system is bloody premitive n… Read more »

Lex
Lex
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr Truth Pains

Yes they lack basic mathematical skills like teachers who taught you to be where you are, then they are part of the messing up elections, also that you can overcome court because you went to school.

Oversear
Oversear
1 year ago

Ansa is right to say she will wait for the court outcome before resigning. The matter is in court and the question is “whay are some people in a hurry? why cant they wait for court outcome? are they more powerful than the courts? are they condemning the accused before the courts declare her guilty? is the rule of law being respected here? how about nature justice doctrine? I think some people have hidden agenda otherwise the nation would have given the courts a chance to carry out its duties without interference.

Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
1 year ago
Reply to  Oversear

You must be the Pimp of Jane. It’s Crystal clear she cheated n stole our votes in favour of her tired BF. So what bloody nonsense are you talking about. Tell her and her MBAVAA bf to first respect the law n the constitution. It’s you n your pimp masters have the hidden agendas. Get a life u pimp!!!!!!

Mbolo
Mbolo
1 year ago

When the positions become untenable then she can not defend it in any way. she answered the zodiac “did you accept tippexed tally sheets,YES.because make is given eight days to announce the results.” This is acceptance of results that are unacceptable.She announced because of time.

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
1 year ago

Leave Jane Ansah alone. Why are we Malawians such male chauvinist? Posachedwapa timva speaker Hara achoke. Back in 1999 late Justice Hanjahanja then a MEC Chair messed up the pre-election day processes to the extent that the polling date was moved from 25th May to 15th June. The commissioners themselves were divided and sued each other in protest of MEC chair’s refusal to allow Gwanda Chakwamba and Chakufwa Chihana MCP/AFORD presidential joint ticket. Despite all that Justice Hanjahanja was never forced to resign, although he eventually resigned due to I’ll health and Justice Kalaile temporarily took over. My point is… Read more »

Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
1 year ago

Stop this crap u piece of shit. Jane n her thieving bf must fall. Period. N you will too. Chitsiru iwe.

Charie
Charie
1 year ago

Tamusiyeni Jane anagwira ntchito yotamandika pa 21 may .fuck chilima ndi chakwera

Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
1 year ago
Reply to  Charie

Go fu** yourself…. bloody empty head.

Alegria
Alegria
1 year ago

Wait for the court. why do you want her resign when the issue is in court? are judges? mukuopa chani.kodi mmayesa boma ndi lamacheza eti kuti mwakhuta uko mumvekere ine president kanundu eti foseki!

Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
1 year ago
Reply to  Alegria

These mafia govt is bribing everyone n everything…. currently under these dpp thugs.. All systems fail. All sectors are completely compromised. Now we Malawians must get rid of these rots n thugs….. MBAVAA ACHOKE MBAVAA ACHOKE MBAVAA ACHOKE MBAVAA ACHOKE MBAVAA ACHOKE MBAVAA

DRAKE
DRAKE
1 year ago

Very disappointed by the opinion of the so called expert from CHANCO, What ever is happening in our Nation by the opposition parties is MAFIA style of forcing issues for their personal gains. In Malawi the only elections that we accepted as a Nation were the 1994 elections. MEC has been demonised since 1999 and all the Chairpersons since 1999 to date have been given names, accused of being bribed, harassed and tortured by the opposition, there has never and never will these people be congratulated by Opposition in this country. Unfortunately most of them are our cream of Lawyers… Read more »

Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
1 year ago
Reply to  DRAKE

WTF are you talking about. Get a hike u dumb ass.

DRAKE
DRAKE
1 year ago

You son of a devil, evil mind hiding behind chiggoba, come out in the open if you are a real person. I can easily trace you and confront you personally as long as you are on line. You must be very careful of whom you are attacking nditha kukuononga

Skono
Skono
1 year ago

God is just.

Nabanda
Nabanda
1 year ago

Jezebel Jane Ansah udzafa imfa yowawa.

joseph Banda
joseph Banda
1 year ago

Forget about Ernest Thindwa, he is always on the wrong side of the coin when it comes to political analyzing. He is always biased towards his own likings. Who is he to determine the tenability of Mrs Jane Ansah. Kumangowanamiza anthu basi WHILE WEARING THE MASK OF A BIGOT

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