Citizens press for ‘Ansxit’: MEC commissioners given 7 days to vacate office

Two citizens have given Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah  up to seven days to resign  –  Ansxit – or face court action.

Ansah says she will quit only if the Supreme Court upholds the Constitutional Court judgement, which also ordered new elections within 150 days.
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George Ngwenyama  Ngwira and Aaron Kayira have written Ansah and each of the commissioners through lawyer Jivason Kaziphatike to vacate their offices by Tuesday, February 18, 2020 or face court action.

In a letter which Nyasa Times has seen, Ngwira and Kayira say the commissioners have been found by the Constitutional Court to have managed the May 21, 2019 presidential election incompetently resulting in serious irregularities that led to the nullification of the poll results.

“If a judicial declaration of your incompetence to handle elections had been made before your appointment, you would obviously have been disqualified for appointment into the membership of the commission and as such, you must cease to be a member of the commission,” reads the letter in part.

The letter says apart from the judicial pronouncement of the commissioners incompetency, their appearance during the parliamentary hearing this week, it was clear from their responses that they departed in one way or another from the requirements of the parliamentary and presidential Act.

The letter says the commissioners admitted that fake and duplicate sheets were used during the last elections and that the election results were announced before the same had been signed by each one of them.

“Our clients  lament that you violated their political rights under Section 40 of the Constitution during the 2019 presidential election,” says the letter.

The letter also said that the incompetence with which they managed the elections had resulted in the loss of billions of money of which is their money from taxes.

The letter says the lawyer would proceed to go to court if the commissioners fail to resign by this Tuesday.

The letter says the court would be requested to declare the commissioners that they cease to hold their positions at the pollster in view of the incompetencies.

MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa confirmed each of the commissioners received the letter and said he could not speak for them because decisions would be made by individual commissioners.

A parliamentary committee has been holding a public hearing on the competence of MEC commissioners to handle another election  150 days time from February 3 2020 following the Constitutional Court ruling.

The court found that the May 21, 2019 presidential election was marred with irregularities and anomalies that had been so widespread, systematic and grave that the election result had been seriously compromised.

However, Ansah said she could not comment because she had not yet seen the letter.

Ansah said she could only resign in the event that the Supreme Court has upheld the Constitutional Court ruling, but commissioner Mary Nkosi said she was waiting for parliament’s Public Appointments Committee to recommend to President Peter Mutharika to have the commissioners fired so that she gets her share of state benefits which include a gratuity and a vehicle.

Another commissioner Moffat Banda whilst admitting irregularities and anomalies were there, said he would not resign over them, arguing that instead he would ensure that the next poll were irregularities and anomalies free.

A bid by Mutharika and the MEC to suspend the ruling was rejected by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday.

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monosile
monosile
9 months ago

Tribalism at its best. Why Atumbuka mumaziyesa opambana ndi anzeru yet you are fools, you fail to develop your own home stupid people.

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
9 months ago

You are just wasting your time and money. Million voices have spoken through demonstrations, the court has made its determination that MEC failed to conduct a credible election. Jane Ansah has not moved. What do you think will make her resign now .

Forgive them
Forgive them
9 months ago

Kkkkkkk,nkhalamba izi,Soldier anakuuzanitu,kuti mwakula,mukuba chuma cha dziko lapansi mmalo moti muziba chuma chakumwamba,
Tangolapani Mulungu ngwachifundo amakhulukuka,resign and go with your integrity intact,koma komwe zikupitaku sizikoma.
nangudutsamo

Kaitano kagalu
Kaitano kagalu
9 months ago

Akalephela apa, tichite kukawatulutsa powaguzila kubwalo, anthu amenewa asatinyasepo ngati this is their Farm, anadya zambili za DPP ife zitikhudze? Vuto la ziphuphu ndilimenelo umamangidwa wekha wekha popanda wokumanga, kuteroko these commissioners they are under arrest for their own greedy, anthu akupemphera kunja kuno ndipo musowa mtendele,ndipo mufa ifa yowawa kobasi. Kaya zanu izo.

Patrick Banda
Patrick Banda
9 months ago

Following

Satanic Reverend Nyondo
Satanic Reverend Nyondo
9 months ago

This partnership between atumbuka and MCP and UTM means that these 2 parties are up to no good. Kantundu kodzikonda aka. People of the Central will realise very late that they were being used!!!

James Banda
James Banda
9 months ago

why can’t you stay on your own and leave the people of centre and north to leave in peace as well. Because you suggest that good people are found in south. But what is there in the south to make you think that you are better.

monosile
monosile
9 months ago
Reply to  James Banda

Its where you all build your mansions.

Bamusi
9 months ago
Reply to  monosile

Mumalima inu, kudya makaka ndi nandolo stupid, tikawona ma truck aMuli tiwotcha muwona stupid.

Bamusi
9 months ago

Foseki galu iwe

Jane
Jane
9 months ago

Two citizens. Who do they think they are. Malawi has a population of 18 million people and there are millions who support Ansah and entire MEC.

Nematodes
9 months ago

Ms.Jane Ansah for president. Long live Jane.

kazimile banda
kazimile banda
9 months ago
Reply to  Nematodes

I really like this woman lol viva jane ! viva

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