Fire MEC commissioners and hold them accountable, Chilima urges Malawi leader

State vice-president Saulos Chilima has  asked President Peter Mutharika to fire the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners and hold them accountable for the messy May 21 2019 presidential election which was marred with massive irregularities and anomalies.

Chilima (R): Let MEC  commissioners go and must be held personally accountable if need be

Chilima’s comments come following recommendations from parliament’s Public Appointments Committee.

In a broadcast interview on Tuesday, Chilima said PAC  had made a recommendation for them to get fired.

“That is good. But they must also be held accountable,” said Chilima.

“I don’t expect that we will be stuck with the same commissioners for long. We can move on with a new commission.

“I would urge the President to release them so that we move on. It’s an opportunity. If the President does not fire them that’s a recipe for unrest,” Chilima said.

Some quarters of society are expressing concern over delays by Mutharika to fire the commissioners ahead of the Constitutional Court sanctioned fresh presidential election which Parliament has set to be on May 19 2020 subject to presidential assent.

A five-judge bench labelled the Commission as incompetent.

The constitutional court had ordered in its ruling that fresh presidential election should be held in 150 days and that Parliament should meet in 21 days to make electoral reforms to accommodate the order and adoption of the 50+1 electoral rule.

Following the order, Parliament has also passed the bill to amend the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act (PPEA) to have the next general elections on the third Tuesday of 2025.

Parliament  also amended the Electoral Commission Act (ECA) to among others allow all political parties represented in the house to nominate MEC  commissioners.

Some commissioners set the cat among the pigeons when they revealed that MEC chairperson Jane Ansah made unilateral decisions, including announcing disputed election results.

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4 years ago

If the president does not fire them now, don’t worry you will fire them!!!!! Time is ticking

4 years ago

Just round them up and put them at Chichiri prison. And let’ em rot there.

4 years ago
Reply to  Nematodes

Can mr Cholima also get fired for accepting the vp position

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