Defiant MEC commissioners including Ansah will not resign – Kunje

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) outspoken commissioner Linda Kunje has said the commissioner, including its chairperson, Justice Jane Ansah, will not resign until they finish their contract in late June this year despite the Supreme Court of Appeal unanimously agreed that the management of the 2019 cancelled elections failed to meet constitutional tests due to a litany of irregularities.

Commissioner Kunje: We will complete our tenure

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and opposition leaders reiterated calls for Ansah and her commissioners to resign immediately and make way for a new commission to administer the new elections slated for July 2.

Commissioner Kunje told reporters that despite upholding the ConCourt judgment, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM lawyers failed to prove to court that elections were rigged.

Kunje wondered why their incompetence should be seen on the presidential elections only and not on the parliamentary and local government elections because they were run by the same commissioners.

“We performed our duties accordingly. Even the petitioners failed to prove to the court if the elections were rigged. Therefore we don’t see a reason to resign. We shall be here till our contract expires [June 2020],” said Kunje.

She said those calling for their resignations are just wasting their time because they’re there to serve Malawians.

On HRDC demos threat, Kunje said as commissioners they don’t see anything strange as they already had an oath of office to serve Malawians in bad or good environment.

The Constitutional Court delivered its February ruling amid tensions in Malawi after the disputed election sparked seven months of protests and the worst political crisis since the country’s return to democracy in 1994.

Despite political turmoil and alleged attempts to bribe its judges, the Constitutional Court made history by becoming the second court in sub-Saharan Africa, after Kenya, to overturn presidential elections.

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G Zali
G Zali
9 months ago

Mmene akuonekeramo samva kuwawa? kumaso kuipa ndi mtima omwe

Mofolo
Mofolo
9 months ago

A Malawi let us take Chilima as a role model has he resigned from this position as Vice President? If yes MEC will resign if not MEC will not resign.

Changwe Abiud
Changwe Abiud
9 months ago

TROUBLE IN THE HOT POT
They are already retiring in June yet elections are in July but very unwilling to leave office now to create enough time for their successors to analyze and understand their assignments before elections day???

This is too bad…
Behaviour worthy 🚮🚮🚮

AtlantaGA
9 months ago

Malawians love to see someone fail, we just cant help our selves. Jane Ansah if you read this, I support you and I want you to stay strong for all women. People love a woman as weak as Joyce Banda, one who just takes the dish as it is dished. They hate someone who believes in what they do and stands up for that. The whole international community gave her running of elections a 5 star rating and approval. Nepotism at the courts and political machiavellianism wont change that. One day we will all look proudly at the work she… Read more »

Ndikhetsamwazi Chakwera

Resign for who?? TUMBUKA COURT?? This coup d”etat will not stand!!

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
9 months ago

Interestingly, there is no Tumbuka presidential contestant but idiots like you can’t see. All you know is kusiya dzina lakwanu launyapapi nkutenga la Chakwera kkkkkkkkk

Bauleni
9 months ago
Reply to  Mtonga Mwana

You think we cant see right through what the Tumbukas are doing through the court? what Ralph Kasambara and his Tumbuka judges are doing. Munya muwona. We reject ruling government through the backdoor. MAking laws through the courts, biased influence from the court.

sungunununu
sungunununu
9 months ago

Likhale tumbuka court poti, lagamula mokomera opposition? kuganiza mwa ubakhaa, dzeru mulibedi

Tazi
Tazi
9 months ago

This group does not deserve the terminal benefits, they are incompetent, and their incompetence has drained billions of money which partly would have been their benefits. They should not be allowed to run another election too

Lego
9 months ago

Your arrogant will won’t take you anywhere.This is not the time to show your rudeness.We all know that APM is behind your stubbornness but soon or later you quit the post and we shall see you what you gonna say again.

Wawa
Wawa
9 months ago

By submitting their papers to battle hardened Jane Ansah, MCP/UTM acknowledged that this MEC is legit. So dont waste ur time, asking them Commissioners to resign. Just focus on campaigning. Otherwise muchedwa nazo.

Lego
9 months ago
Reply to  Wawa

You are a liar.UTM/MCP did that under protest and does not mean that they have accepted this MEC is legit.It only takes someones principled to resign.And this Kunje is just showing her arrogance because of APM.

Shatta
Shatta
9 months ago
Reply to  Wawa

Not surprised by such daft comments. Just typifies cadet mentality.

Submitting papers is just following the law. Chakwera submitted the papers to an institution. MEC is in the constitution of Malawi.

MEC will always be there as stipulated in the Malawi constitution. The unwanted present commissioners will not always be there unfortunately. They will have to eventually leave at some point like anyone else before them.

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
9 months ago
Reply to  Wawa

Don’t you know that presentation of nomination papers happened a day before the final judgement which COVID Jane was waiting for to resign according to what she said. The truth that has come from the supreme court shout set her free now.

Ruben kacheche
Ruben kacheche
9 months ago

Kukakamila pomwe sakukufuna eish… galimoto as pension yavuta

Kala
Kala
9 months ago

Tumbukishcourttt

Lego
9 months ago
Reply to  Kala

You are a fool

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