Ansah tells court she has ‘lawful mandate’ to continue managing Malawi elections

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah and the other commissioners have put their feet down, refusing to step down as recommended by the Public Appointments Committee of parliament.

Ansah: The authority to remove commissioners lies solely in the powers of the President

In a sworn statement filed to court, Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, says she is aware that as a MEC commissioner, she can be removed from office.

“…the authority to remove commissioners lies solely in the powers of the President as accorded to him by the Constitution of the Republic.

“Unless I resign or be removed by the President, I have the lawful mandate to continue performing the functions  of the office of the commissioner of the Electoral Commission,” she says in affidavits seen by Nyasa Times.

This is in response to State vice-president Saulos Chilima’s filing in the courts to order her and the other commissioners removed from office following recommendations from the Constitutional Court and the Public Appointments Committee of parliament.

In the affidavits, Ansah says the commission is at the moment implementing the decision of the Constitutional Court to hold an election within 150 days from February 3, 2020 when the ruling was made.

“If this interim order is granted, it will disturb the implementation and it will put the commission in a situation which it will no longer be possible to comply with the court order,” says Ansah.

Ansah says she appeared before the Public Appointments Committee of parliament for an inquiry although she was never given enough time to prepare for the inquiry and she was not given a copy of the inquiry findings.

During her appearance before Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) inquiry, Ansah said she sees no reason to tender her resignation because she believes she presided over a free, fair and credible election.

She said this is the reason MEC has appealed against the decision of the five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court that nullified the election and ordered a fresh election within 150 days from February 3.

Other   commissioners are; Mary Nkosi, Elvey Mtafu, Moffat Banda, Yahaya M’madi, Linda Kunje, Jean Mathanga, the Reverent Clifford Baloyi and the Reverend Killion Mgawi.

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Mchombwindo
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Mchombwindo

Mai Ansah and Adad,Corona is watching you.

CRIMINAL MINDED
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CRIMINAL MINDED

Another piece of shit come out from the mouth of the same bitch whom she thinks that she so wise than everyone in the country , fuck

Caretaker President on overtime
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Caretaker President on overtime

Even the British during colonial rule were saying the same thing that they have legal right to rule according to the law until Chilebwe pull off the head of one of them, they immediately realised that Nyasaland is not a place to mess around with.

DPP NO LONGER A POPULAR PARTY
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DPP NO LONGER A POPULAR PARTY

This rubbish Chilembwe did nothing He failed to fight for indepence mention people who played big role and not Chilembwe. Osamanamiza ana some of us we no know where we are coming from.

Caretaker President on overtime
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Caretaker President on overtime

What I am trying to say is that Chilebwe cut off the head and put it on a stick to teach all those that abuse Malawians a lesson.

Mchombwindo
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Mchombwindo

You can’t treat a disease without knowing the cause.You deal with the cause first.Go back to school and dig deep History

Maunits
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Maunits

This is rubbish lady on the land and she will die miserably. She should ask relatives of Hon Justice Mbendera he did not want to die but evil kills Jane Ansa is heading that end finish.

VP openta ndevu namalegeni chilima
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Ayambe kuchita resign Mary Nkosi the betrayer.

By the way do you know that all this thing about elections not being credible is a simple FABRICATION by the opposition? MCP and UTM are aware that they lost elections but they simply don’t want to accept due to manyazi and politics. For once, how would one expect UTM to have won elections when all they got were 4 MPs? Shame to you inu otsutsa!

The good this is that God is keenly watching the conduct of UTMCP and shall punish their jealousy accordingly.

Mulopwana
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Mulopwana

Ansah has the legal mandate to work

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

sizacilendo tinazolowerera kuseteka ma arse aanthu

Mulopwana
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Mulopwana

It does not make sense for MEC team to step down. Legally they have the powers to run the elections.

Vilhomwe Ndivimbuli
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Anadyamo umu, hule!

VYOTO
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VYOTO

Jane Ansah is a big liability and risk to Malawi, people lost property and some even lost their lives because of her stupid, heartless, arrogance stance. We will now spend a lot of our time and limited resources into the forthcoming fresh presidential elections because of Jane Ansah poor and compromised professional judgement. If there is a way the Judicial Service Commission must wake up and make a simple recommendation to her appointing officer, president Peter Muthalika to remove her and be replaced by a competent Supreme Court Judge who can stand on his/her professional feet. Jane Ansah has proved… Read more »

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