Clergy set for demo on Malawi electoral reforms bill : To petition Mutharika in their regalia
Public Affairs Committee’s (PAC) peaceful demonstrations aimed at pushing for tabling of Electoral and Local Government Act Reforms in the currently sitting of Parliament will take place on Thursday, 23 November 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi’s administrative capital.
According to information made available to Nyasa Times, the “peaceful match” organised by PAC executive committee, trustees and other clergy, will start at 8:30am from Area 18 Round-about to Parliament Building where two petitions will be delivered.
The quasi-religious governance watchdog will particularly petition President Arthur Peter Mutharika and the Speaker to include the Electoral and Local Government Amendment Bill as agenda for the current sitting.
PAC resolved to taking to the streets after noticing the absence of Electoral Reforms Bills on the agenda for the current sitting of Parliament.
The organisation has lobbying the government, opposition and the Speaker on the bills and hoped that the Bill will be tabled this time around.
The clergy will be in their full regalia on the day.
PAC Chairperson Very Reverend Dr Felix Chingota said last week that resolutions to stage demonstrationa were made its emergency board meeting in Blantyre.
The proposed laws, six in total, are missing from the Order Paper—an outline of business to be transacted in Parliament— but in an elusive statement Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu said he would table them.
Chingota said the board meeing was aimed discussing the way forward after noting that government has not included the bills on the agenda.
Pac Chairperson said “issues of elections are at the heart of national life and tampering with issues of elections is actually tampering with the lives of people”.
The marchers will first petition the President and later the Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya, asking them to consider tabling the electoral reforms.
Civil society organisations (CSOs), notably Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (Cedep), last week appealed to members of Parliament (MPs) to boycott proceedings if the bills are not indicated on the business for the current meeting.
The Electoral Reforms Bills include an amendment of Section 80(2) of the Constitution and Section 96 (5) of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act proposing 50+1 percent majority in presidential election and an amendment of Section 81 (3) of the Constitution for swearing in of the President and Vice-President to be done after 30 days.
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Where is the leader of opposition in all this? Shame
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Glory be to God, the Almighty!!
Clergy leading demonstrations. Amangwetu
The ZIM way? Do you see any DPP member against APM? What do you mean by ZIM way? You are MCP yet you say you should go Zim way?
Just following, if nothing happens then the Zim way is the only solution, viva Malawi!!
Just impeach this OLD Man
Zayambika. Let us go the ZIM way if Peter does not want to listen to the people.
A Chingota ingoyambitsani chipani chanu, izitu siza uzimu mukuchitazi ai. The whole very Reverend Clergy kumatsogolera mado ish! shame at you, ngati mabvumbulutso anakutherani pa pulpit its better to retire and leave a new blood not old like you. Inu mwaonetsa kale mbali yomwe muli makobidi mwalandirawo tsiku lina mukolola. Posachedwapa tikuonerani mzanuyo akukupusitani iye ya pulpit anaitaya kale ndi chifukwa anayamba yomakasuma nyau tsopano. Inu simukuona kuti pamenepa mwakwera yakupwa. Izi si za PAC ai koma kuti mukukwaniritsa kuti mukhutitse mimba yanu. My advice, 1. choyamba konzani m’dibidi wa zipani zodzaimira pa chisankho ndiye lamulo loyamba, 2. kambiranani ndi… Read more »