Ansah ‘taking Malawians for fools’, says won’t resign until appeal ruling

Embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah has said she is not going to resign from her position unless the Supreme Court of Appeal upholds the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) judgement on February 3 2020 which found that evidence of fraud and malpractice meant the results of the presidential poll could not be allowed to stand.

The chairperson of the Electoral Commission Justice Jane Ansah arrives at the National Assembly for the inquiry-pic by Lisa Kadango

Initially, Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, said when calls for her to resign started, that she would abdicate from her officer at the commission if the ConCourt finds her in the wrong.

But despite the court faulted MEC, defiant Ansah told Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) that the commission appealed the ruling of ConCourt because it was not the final arbiter and they were rejecting its findings.

“There are issues the commission does not agree with. There is need for second eye-which is the Appeal Court,” Ansah said.

She said MEC declared the winner based  on the current electoral law, saying since 1994, when Malawi returned to multiparty democracy, the vote has been determined by first-past-past-the-post (FPTP) in which the candidate with most votes wins regardless of whether they receive a majority of support.

FPTP, or winner takes it all, means one with more votes is a winner but the judges’ suggestion in the ruling was that none of the presidential candidates could have won because none of them received over 50%.

The law requires the victor to receive a majority. This was a radical alternative legal interpretation of Malawi’s constitution and could require the country to amend its Elections Act.

Ansah said if the “Supreme Court finds us wrong, I will resign”.

Former Attorney General and one of Malawi’s finest lawyers Ralph Kasambara has described Ansah’s stand as “taking Malawians for fools.”

The MEC chairperson said she saw nothing wrong in her commission accepting sheets that were altered with a correction fluid, widely known for the famous brand Tipp-Ex.

She defended her commission for accepting   alteration of results sheets and the general results management system, claiming the results on the tally sheets were not altered but corrected.

“Tippex was used [for positive purposes] to correct errors,” she said.

But one of the legislators Mark Katsonga Phiri grilled Ansah whether Tippex deletes or corrects in which the MEC chairwoman said the white-out fluid “deletes” and that one cannot see what’s been deleted.

The Constitutional Court also found that less than a third of the results from the more than 5,000 polling stations had been certified by the auditors by the time Ansah declared Mutharika winner of the presidential race.

Another MEC member Mary Nkosi, who appeared before the committee on Monday, admitted that the commission mishandled the contentious elections.

Nkosi claimed Ansah went behind the commissioners’ back and authorised altered result sheets.

“I did not see the justification to this. But there was an apparent rush to have the results put together and announced,” she said. “It was a big let-down”.

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 Nkosi and Elvey Mtafu on Monday.

Another commissioner Rev. Killion Mgawi  was expected to appear before PAC of Parliament while commissioner Reverend Clifford Baloyi  was reportedly out of the country seeking medical attention.

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tung'ande
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tung'ande

WHy should she resign. No MP would resign if asked to do so even if they are not performing. MP claim they represent the people now if they say people are saying Ansah should resign and she does not want the option left is to dismiss her but they are afraid that they will face serious claims hence their stupid demand that she resign.

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winstonmsowoya

WAWA,DON’T BE STUPID.I MUST THINK THAT YOU HAVE LOST YOUR BRAINS AND HUMANITY. IT IS A SHAMELESS LIES TO TELL MALAWIANS THAT JANE ANSAH IS THE STRONGEST WOMAN MALAWI HAS EVER HAD.WAWA,HAVE YOU RED THE HISTORY OF MALAWI TO WRITE BULLSHIT AND LIES TO MALAWIANS? IAM SURE THAT YOU NEVER RED THE HISTORY OF ROSE CHIWAMBO WHO DEFIED THE COLONIAL GOVERNMENT TROOPS ON 3RD MARCH 1959 WHEN SHE JOINED FELLOW MALAWIANS TO PROTEST AGAINST COLONIALISM AND IMPERIALISM WHILE SHE WAS SIX MONTHS PREGNAT AND ENDED UP INPRISON WHERE SHE REMAINED FOR TEN MONTHS BEFORE SHE WAS SET FREE WITH A… Read more »

Juju
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Juju

Mnene zilili panopa kukhala ngati amalawi tonse ndi mbuzi munthu mmodzi kutipusisa shaaaaa

WAWA
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WAWA

Jane ANSAH is the strongest woman Malawi has ever had. Intelligent, thoughtful and well educated. I would recommend her to run for the presidency in 2024. Viva JANE Ansah!

Central
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Central

Jane Ansah for Malawi presidency? Over my dead body…………..!

ndadabwa
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koma kumwalira a mbendera ndinadandaula, bola akanafa Jane Ansah ndithu.

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

@Wawa
Intelligent? There are dull people with PhD in this world. Kuloweza like parrots kumakhoza mayeso. Anyone who has been to university would agree there are academic PARROTS in this world.
This woman sikuti santha kulankhula kokha, she isn’t just that SMART. There are people who cannot crack a joke in public or they will look stupid and dumb, Jezebel literally fails to spin around a lie, rather she is so blantant, blunt, flat and PETTY.

Super power
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Super power

The root cause is the illigimate president that has been left on this position. This is where this dishonourly Justice has been getting her power as both are taking Malawians for fools. Makawians should immediately take steps to remove this presidents to pave way for free and fair fresh elections

namatetule
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It is Kasa- mbara who is taking Malawians for fools. Everyone knows he is a cfriminal and should be behind bars- o what moral stand makes him judge others? The fact is that he is out when he should be inside bars and Ansah has not gone close to what he has done

Phwisa
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Phwisa

Gentlemen, I wonder is PAC capable of really assessing commissioners when some of them could not even read questions

Central
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Central

The Likes of mu Lhomwe Anna Kachikho, kulephelelatu kuwelenga pomwe anawalembela mafunso…………………………. pomwe chipani china chikuwelengela amvekele tili ndi ma MP ambiri, kuwelengela ndi michila yomwe…… Malawi ali pa mpanipani ngati chigumu: pansi moto, kumwamba moto eeeeeshi!

Favor alice
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Malawians wanted to forgive her but now she must go to prison I’ve no mercy for her. Either she is under attack from the devil who is using her to siphon blood from Malawians by causing civil war, but she must know that God loves Malawi and people are praying based on Isiah7v7. The blood she wants will neva be shed. Looking from Linda Kunje and her actions, one can see these ladies are not normal at all. They are pretending to be happy, maybe they psycho.. Like. Honestly

Chiga
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Chiga

She is the Jezebel incarnate!! The more suffering and pain she causes to be inflicted upon Malawians the more satisfaction she enjoys! But thank God her days are numbered now!

Mr Fact Kaviphwisi
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Mr Fact Kaviphwisi

Being chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission must be a very good position, such that people don’t wanna step down. In short, I am still waiting for my turn

FEAR NOT
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FEAR NOT

SHE IS ONLY EXERCISING HER RIGHTS!!!!!

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