HRDC makes fresh demands for Ansah’s resignation: New Malawi electoral commission

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has threatened to hold a new wave of protests to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign her position in compliance with the determination of Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in the presidential elections’ appeal case.

HRDC’s Luke Tembo (L) briefing journalists demanding Ansah to go .-Photo by Watipatso Mzungu, Nyasa Times
HRDC news conference in Lilongwe

The seven-panel of the Supreme Court judges which  comprised Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, Justice Rezine Mzikamanda, Justice Edward Twea, Justice Anaclet Chipeta, Justice Lovemore Chikopa, Justice Frank Kapanda and Justice Anthony Kamangaon Friday upheld the February 3, 2020, Constitutional Court (ConCourt) verdict that nullified the May 21, 2019, presidential election.

In its determination, the ConCourt verdict also found Ansah and her Commissioners to be incompetent and grossly compromised to deliver credible elections.

Supreme Court judges unanimously agreed that the management of the cancelled elections failed to meet constitutional tests due to a litany of irregularities including the use of the infamous correction fluid—Tippex—to alter results sheets.

HRDC leadership addressed journalists in Lilongwe Saturday morning, to demand immediate resignation of the Ansah and the Commissioners so that a new  team can be ushered in to manage the forthcoming presidential poll.

Briefing journalists, executive member Reverend MacDonald Canon Sembereka, stressed that it would be shameful for Ansah and her team to continue clinging to her position even after the Supreme Court of Appeal had found the Commission grossly incompetent and unprofessionalism.

“Ansah must honourably resign before close of business if she is to save herself the least speck of respect Malawians are reserving for her. A good moral standing person should have stepped down. But it appears that we have an arrogant, though incompetent MEC chairperson.

“ This is something we are simply reminding her because she made a promise that she would resign if the Supreme Court finds her incompetent,” said Sembereka.

Sembereka warned that if Ansah and the Commissioners do not voluntarily resign this time, the coalition will be forced to revert to nationwide protests.

“But I must stress that demonstrations are the last resort because we realize that we have Covid-19. So, Jane Ansah could have done the most honourable thing by resigning. If that doesn’t happen, you will hear from us this week,” he warned.

Another HRDC member Billy Mayaya asked Ansah to account to Malawians for her actions and resign immediately.

“The forthcoming elections cannot be free, fair and credible if they are managed by the same MEC and Commissioners,” he said.

Mayaya further accused the acting Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service, Duncan Mwapasa, of partnering with cadets of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in unleashing terror on innocent Malawians.

He challenged Mwapasa to rise above petty partisan politics and ensure it provides security to every citizen.

Meanwhile, the HRDC national coordinator Luke Tembo has disclosed that it will engage 10,004 election monitors who will be placed in all the 5, 002 polling centres across the country to ensure there is transparency and accountability in the management of the fresh poll.

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Chi
Chi
2 years ago

Dr Jane Ansah I admire your educational abd professionally achievement. I wish I could have also achieved that. On top of that you are the chairwoman of the MEC that employs the president of our beautiful but the poorest country in the world. The way you handled 21/4/19 elections is pathetic and it has destroyed your good repetition…..what kind of doctors are you? Admitting fake documents!!!!! HRDC asked you to resign. It wrote letters Organised demonstrations against you and your colleagues. but stayed put!! Dr Chilima wrote you and on the same issue PAC begged you to resign to help… Read more »

Apikene
Apikene
2 years ago

Just because you have demanded doesn’t mean she will resign. Foolish activists, don’t you have any other cause apart from political ones?

Chataika
Chataika
2 years ago
Reply to  Apikene

It’s simple, she said so herself! are you her spokes person? Umakomdaso kutukwana anthu akalankhula Chilungamo,uyeseleso utukawana Pano, ndikufufuza ndipo ndikukhobola, chimutu chama phunzocho.

John Phiri
John Phiri
2 years ago

I have never seen a sinful and demonic person as Jane Ansah. And whoever bore her anabvutika nayo since conception

Wani
Wani
2 years ago

Jane Ansah should stand tall and proud. The courts did not find anything wrong with parliamentary and local government poll results.

Good citizen
2 years ago

Billy Mayaya, unprofessional facebook polititian activist,
childish activism

James Banda
James Banda
2 years ago
Reply to  Good citizen

And who are you, you don’t even have balls to identify yourself. Nyasatimes idiot. Will it be wrong to call you that? You will not be offended because you have no name.

Chenike Mei
Chenike Mei
2 years ago
Reply to  James Banda

Yes boss tell him / her……

YRUsostupid!
2 years ago

Jane Ansah for president. Now!

James Banda
James Banda
2 years ago

Four “courts” have found that Jane “covid” Ansah did not conduct elections according to law. 1 first it was a court of public opinion, then the con court, parliament (PAC) recommended that she should be fired and finally the Supreme court. What is does she want? Mob justice?

Sasu
Sasu
2 years ago
Reply to  James Banda

The same courts have not faulted Jane Ansah on parliamentary and local government poll results.

Chilipa Thako
Chilipa Thako
2 years ago
Reply to  Sasu

Since there is no case of Parliamentarians! Kabichi iwe!

Songo
Songo
2 years ago
Reply to  Sasu

The issues which was brought to court was not about parliamentary and local government poll. Please

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