Counterjab: A nutjob still at MEC, Malawi shouldn’t expect an honest presidential poll

It’s thoroughly confusing why President Peter Mutharika has made no changes to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) after the Malawi Constitutional Court earlier this year ruled against its handling of the May 2019 presidential elections.

Ansah in completely tone deaf performance before appearing for parliamentary inquiry

Confident MEC – workers illegally used correction fluid Tipp-ex to alter poll results — had rigged the election, main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and third runner up United Transformation Movement (UTM) took the matter to the Constitutional Court which annulled Mutharika’s re-election and ordered a fresh presidential poll in 150 days, a decision that didn’t sit well with MEC boss Jane Ansah and the beneficiaries of her decision, Mutharika and the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Ansah has refused to step down despite flood of calls for her resignation over her mismanagement of the election. She is dead set on presiding over the new poll ordered by the court and is appealing against the ruling. By her own admission, she has failed to find willing lawyers in the country to take up her case to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, and she has hired foreign lawyers.

There are two institutions that Malawians can trust. One is the judicial system as evidenced by the decision of the Constitutional Court which is believed to have foiled bribery attempts worth millions of dollars by DPP functionaries to rule in favor of MEC. The other is the military that has protected the public during political demonstrations.

Other institutions like the police are rabidly partial. Take, for example, the case of vendors who last week boldly stated that they would kill on site human rights defenders once released from police custody after they were arrested over plans to lockdown State residences on March 25 in an effort to push Mutharika to assent to electoral reform bills before Malawians vote again in the fresh election.

If one – like the vendors who apparently are rooting for Mutharika’s ruling DPP — can brazenly defy the law and threaten extra-judicial killing of fellow citizens desiring to express their right to protest, what does that say about the leadership when it does nothing about such threats?

If Ansah can refuse to step down after botching the election, what kind of political leadership does Malawi have? If the chair of the electoral commission who happens to be the same Ansah can thumb her nose at the Constitutional Court ruling – to use a 50-plus-one system, a shift from the plurality-based first past the post system which saw Mutharika win the contest just by 38 percent – what confidence can one have in the poll coming up?

While Mutharika hasn’t signed into law electoral reform measures that were passed by parliament. He has also left in place at the electoral commission a person full of shenanigans. As she continues to reveal herself as a serious nutjob, her actions will undermine the people’s faith and trust in the electoral system and democracy itself!

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CRIMINAL MINDED
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CRIMINAL MINDED

Wonders and fears caught Malawian , one wonders what type of stone does this lady step on it? Is this APM stones ,she steps on it? Or Malawians stone? Help me think out of this boxes​ please other wise I’m dieing with out saying anything to my grand national which are coming at the features

Jamilla Maliro
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Jamilla Maliro

Pajatu these two there was rumour that they see each other in private. So, I would not be surprised if the two are promoting and protecting each other.

Maiye
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Maiye

Ine phozi yokha yandiuza Kuti umu muli madzi odzadza ndi tippex akufunika kumfunsilidwa chibwenzi bola cash awa sadzatheka

chataika
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chataika

That is Jane i know a lady whose conscious is clear mulongolola mutopa if somebody has done has no peace in his/her mind so look at all the commissioners they are just okay. Even Bishop Mkosi though she said amaswayidwa here and there but look has not honored her promise to resign why? because she sees no reason to that time was just to fool those quizzing her kkkkkkkkkk

Wakufasafa mawa
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Wakufasafa mawa

Ndi ufiti osati kulimba mtima

Nematodes
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In 1972 I had a girlfriend who went by the name Jane. That was in Misi vge in Dowa. (..koMisi!, koMsakambewa!). My girlfriend had/wore no underwear and no bra! Just simple chitenge dress. I miss her.

M'mwaaaaaa
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M'mwaaaaaa

Well articulated article……I wonder what is giving these people the confidence they are above the law let alone they own Malawi!

Gertrude Moyo
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Gertrude Moyo

Tiri m’mavuto a Malawi.

123
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APM now is taking Malawian people for a ride if you don’t know this guy is up to no good these are signs of a dictatorship. it’s obvious he has lost touch with the people of Malawi very few people still wants him in power and he knows about this. That’s why he is playing tricks to stay in power, just like the rest of all African leaders does, Let us borrow a leaf from Zimbabwe if the old man is clinging to power let the army take over the government and hand it over to the people later, and… Read more »

#Better MW
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#Better MW

I hear you. Malawi of the past was not perfect, but definitely better than what it is today. Some of us that heard of Hitler see similarities. APM has no intention of releasing his grip on power. That is evident by the way he is frustrating all efforts to hold fresh elections and trying to control MDF.

Kadya nkena
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Kadya nkena

And who u think people want kkkk?

Chiombagaga
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Chiombagaga

This article is very subjective towards opposition. Try to be objective in your writing Mr. Patrick Mwanza. The court did not order removal of commissioners it fairly recommended PAC to evaluate their competence. You don’t need to be told that an order and recommendation are two different things. Recommendation can either be taken or not. Unless you are affiliated to one of opposition parties, you should not have write this article as biased as it it.

chataika
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chataika

Kkkkkk thats right and a recommendation is subjective that is it can be adopted or not. So as APM has stated in his letter rejecting assenting to the bills he has found no backing whatsoever that PAC included in their report substantiating thier removal. A Malawi lets be non partisan kuti tikonze dziko lathu. Since 1994 sikunakhalepo chisankho chopanda zotsamwitsa that is why John Tembo, late Gwanda have been going to court but what happened the commissioners were not sucked in anyway. so there are no grounds at all to that effect.