Electoral Reforms Bill with 50+1 system miss on Malawi Parliament agenda

The much anticipated Electoral Reforms Bill including the 50+1 electoral system for deciding the presidential vote  is not amomg the  six Bills  to be tabled in  the National Assembly   in the meeting of Parliament form this Friday.

Nankhumwa : Cabinet has to scrutinise the Bill

The Parliament’s Busisness Committee, which sets the business to be deliberated in the august House, met of Friday chaired by Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya and agree on Bills to be tabled but the Electoral Reforms Bill is not among them.

Leader of the House, Kondwani Nankhumwa confirmed  that government has not presented the electoral reforms Bill to Parliament because  Cabinet is still “scrutinising” the pieces of  legislation.

He promised that Cabinet would meet in not too distant futute  to discuss the bills and it would be gazetted before bing presented to the House.

The Special Law Commission on the Review of Electoral Law recommended the enactment of six pieces of legislation, among them one which would provide for the transition between one President to another.

The Bills, collectively called Electoral Reforms Bill, are Constitution (Amendment), Electoral Commission (Amendment), Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections, Assumption of the Office of President (Transitional Arrangement) and Referendum.

EU Election Follow-up Mission (EU-EFM), which followed up on recommendations made after the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections, said reforms are critical especially at this time when the country is preparing for the 2019 general elections.

The EU-EFM leader of delegation Birgittee Markussen, who said the reforms are key to free, fair and transparent elections, noted that based on the recommendations the EU Observer Mission made in 2014, Malawi seems to be taking important steps.

Said Markussen: “The main challenges in the conduct of polls in 2014 were related to voter registration, preparations, results management, and malpractices during campaign and handling of results.

“We note that the Malawi Electoral Commission [MEC] has started addressing some of the issues administratively and it looks promising.”

In the May 2014 Tripartite Elections, President Peter Mutharika won the presidential election with 36 percent of the votes cast while Lazarous Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) came second with 27 percent.

If Malawi had a 50-plus-one electoral system, there would have been a rerun of the presidential election after May 20 2014.

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Wapsa tonola
Guest

Hahahaha Mlakho cabinet

Nostradamas
Guest

A kuopa 2019. Cabinet of fools. Kkkkkkkkkk tionana 2019 yomweyo kkkkkkk Ma green card mutengeletu

Tembo
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Cabinet of fools,taona ma cabinet pali chani apa

Hatton
Guest

Palibe nkhani apa. The problems the EU mission noted had nothing to do with the so called 50+1. After all the mission has confessed that MEC have already started addressing them and looks promising.

If people are so obsessed with the 50+1 can extrapolate the results.

The most important thing is the 9 point gap that APM inflicted on the former man of God who obtained an honourary doctorate degree from unaccredited Bible School in America after impressively taught Sunday school kids.

chitima
Guest

koma nde muli ndi vuto … lalikulu zedi kikikikikikikiki

zainezaime
Guest

u r right

Achimidzimidzi
Guest

Cabinet ??? kkkkkkk

ETDA
Guest

Which cabinet are you talking about? the one headed by sleeping PITALA?????

Dzanjalimozi
Guest

So please take it to Chakwera cabinet

Awize
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Issues of national interest should not be rushed to parliament they need to be scrutinized carefully at cabinet level before tabling it to Parliament. I think that bill shouldn’t be used in 2019.
Govt is very right on this bill. Its a nice bill yes, but don’t just rush.

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