Ansah won’t resign, MEC tells Chilima: Malawi awaits evidence of her misconduct

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says its beleaguered chairperson Jane Ansah is not resigning from the pollster as demanded by UTM Party president Saulos Chilima and other quarters of the society.

Chilima and UTM veep Usi pose with Ansah during nominations
Mwafulirwa: The law only allows the President to remove the chairperson

MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa said it is only the appointing authority – President Peter Mutharika –  with the power to fire her.

“If it’s about removal, only the State has powers to remove her on recommendations from parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC),” said Mwafulirwa.

On Friday, Chilima called on Ansah to throw in the towel because of the messy election results.

Addressing a news conference at UTM headquarters in Area 10, Lilongwe, Chilima, who is the former State vice-president, said the party has gathered evidence of misconduct by the head of the electoral body.

He said UTM will officially release contents of a letter containing the evidence if Ansah refuses to step down within five days.

“We have further gathered evidence of alleged misconduct on the part of the chairperson of the commission which shall be shared with the commission privately.

“Our position with respect to the chairperson of the commission is that, having dismally failed to lead the commission and having returned the most fraudulent elections in the history of this nation, she should do the honourable thing in the circumstances, that is, to immediately resign so that a more capable person can lead the commission,” said Chilima.

Chilima said some of the irregularities for which UTM has credible evidence include failure to collect and seal away extra ballot papers before counting and compiling results thereby making extra ballot papers available for post-polling marking and stuffing to consummate the fraudulent results records or put future verification against the ballot paper in peril.

Others include, failure to determine complaints before announcing the presidential return, refusal or failure to provide UTM and other political party representatives with results records as required by law; thereby opening the results to tampering and interference.

Chilima also said other irregularities included altering, transposing results records in favour of the candidate declared winner, serious breach of security of the results records in favour of the candidate declared winner as well as voters being allowed to cast more than one vote for the presidential election in areas where the declared winner supposedly had his main support.

He also said other irregularities were transposition of results for candidates in favour of the declared winner and intimidation of UTM monitors and agents.

“Beyond the above-mentioned evidence, we have further gathered evidence of misconduct on the part of the chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission [MEC] which shall be shared with the commission privately,” Chilima told the media.

He said all the evidence shall be brought before the court.

Civil society grouping, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) were first to call for resignation of Ansah last week.

“We have lost trust in her completely,” HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo said.

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tosh
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tosh

why Ansah is sticking to that position now it its an evidence shown cleary that he belongs to DPP, alot of pple are suffering bkoz of her greedy, ansah bear in mind that though those pple can shield yu, the wrath of GOD is following yu, lets just wait and see what gonna happen for in three months to come

MwiniMunda
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MwiniMunda

Elsewhere, the photos of Ansah standing with DPP cadets, are enough evidence of misconduct and she would be forced to resign in no time. Not even further evidence is needed to throw her out. Ansah knows this. This woman is so daft and dumb. Wonder how such a lowlife woman is a supreme court judge. Don’t start me on to say she is educated. Some people get PhDs or degrees but inwardly they are just empty, daft and corrupt. One of them is Ansah. The cries on the millions of Malawians will not go in vain. Karma always follows. When… Read more »

Chimbolo
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Arresting a criminal is the responsible of police officers,But when a citizen sees crimal activities within his proxy ,it becomes his duty to assist law enforcers to arrest that one.Jena and you have done the same and just wait. When the referees will blow the whistle.

Captain Morgan
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Captain Morgan

Ineyo a Sangwani ndikusowa choti ndingakambe. Dikirani muona revolution Chaka chake ndi chani.

Lilian Kaunda
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Lilian Kaunda

this boy called Chilima is too rude and thinks he wiser. No elections were rigged, He feels he is a better leader yet he was part of the deal that stole the 2014 elections.

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Lilian, I think you reason with your bottom.

NYO
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NYO

LILIAN KAUNDA NDIWE GALU YA MUNTHU…CANT YOU SEE YOUR NOSENSE COMMENT

Chriss Phiri
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Chriss Phiri

Sangwani chisankho ichi mwasamba nacho, mpaka zibwenzi ziwiri , account yanu yankhuta , ma allowance 40 days pa mwenzi kkkk muyaluka

Dzikotsala
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Dzikotsala

The whole MEC is compromised, not Ansah. The TPE was rigged long before we voted when APM made sure to pack the MEC with commissioners owing allegiance to the DPP regime

Dzikotsala
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Dzikotsala

not JUST Ansah

Omex70
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Omex70

Jane Ansah, Moffat Banda, Jean Mathanga and Sam Alufandika are all DPP supporters masquerading as commisioners and Chief Executive officer respectively..

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

I hope our appointed judges at the constitutional court will not let us down on this case. Malawi needs a honest judgement on this one.The greatest want of the world is the want of men. Men whose conscious is true like the needle to the pole. Men who can not be bought or sold. Men who will stand for the right even if the heavens fall.

maganizo kaloza
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maganizo kaloza

No matter what on 24th may,2019 we will pay a visit to Chilima.Believe you me. I trust Chilima.Ndiye akamati walephereka kupita ku Nsanjika sizoona ayi.Iye ali ku Nsanjika basi

Holly Tit
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I hear this silly witch was booed at the bank

Zude
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Zude

Mahule ndi anthu ovuta,,leave it to God,he will strike her off..Misozi ya mphawi Namalenga akuyiona.