Kachale contradicts Mlusu on ward and constituency demarcation preparedness

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Justice Chifundo Kachale has contradicted the Minister of Finance, Felix Mlusu, on the preparedness of the Commission to demarcate wards and constituencies.

Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale: The Commission will also set up demarcation committees at the council level

Mlusu told members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly that the K500 million meant for the demarcation process has been reallocated to other votes because the Commission was not ready for the exercise this year.

The Treasury Czar said the government will wait for an advice from MEC before taking the next direction on the matter.

But Kachale told Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) that it was unfair for Mlusu to state that the Commission was not ready for the exercise.

“As we meet today, the Commission wishes to inform you, our key stakeholders that the decision was revisited because in truth it wasn’t fair to say we are not ready and out of the K500 million, K300million has been allocated for this exercise in the current budget, which may be beefed up for during the mid-year review if necessary. The initial budget of the Commission for this exercise is K1.3 billion,” said the MEC chairperson.

He disclosed that with the K300million that has been allocated, the Commission will be able to roll out some preliminary activities that can fit within the allocation with the anticipation that either during the mid-term review or during the 2021-22 financial year the remaining amount shall be allocated for the Commission to finish the exercise.

Kachale also reiterated that the demarcation exercise will be a very consultative process.

“All critical stakeholders will be involved. Within the planned activities are meetings with presidents of political parties, the CMD board, the National Election Consultative Forum (NECOF), and Members of Parliament. The Commission will also set up demarcation committees at the council level which will be the main forum driving the process,” Kachale said.

“This should assure all stakeholders who were anxious that there might not be a platform for them to or contribute their views that is not entirely true. What we have resisted as the Commission is the invitation by other stakeholders to pre-emptive about how many constituencies will be created.

“It will be very premature for us as a Commission to say we are undertaking consultations but we already have a solution in our pockets, we don’t think then the consultation will be an honest conversation. We will be sharing the plan that we have and the methodology that we are going to use in the demarcation process in the forums that we have indicated with the presidents of the political parties, secretaries general, the CMD and MPs,” he said.

Kachale added that they will engage all the stakeholders before launching the actual process and all issues that the stakeholders may have will be addressed.

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Gologolo
Gologolo
12 days ago

There will not be a demarcation this fiscal year. Are preliminary activities a demarcation these days? There are always preliminary activities at any given time in any organization. You know this judge.And then he goes on to say the funds may be boosted in the mid-year review if necessary! The judge seems to have misplaced the responsibilities of MEC Chair. May the judge be respectfully reminded that the mid-year review or decision to boost funding are the purview of the MoF. There will not be a demarcation. Simple as that. Focus on getting ready for the demarcation after this fiscal… Read more »

Last edited 12 days ago by Gologolo
Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
13 days ago

koma kumeneko

Pedegu ku state House
13 days ago

Kachale is the most biased MEC chair ever and does not inspire any hope at all. He hates DPP as if DPP supporters are not Malawians who pay tax which Kachale is playing with. Kamtumbuka ka MCP aka ka Kachale kasatinyanse. Fotseki.

foo
foo
13 days ago

Kachale is not a northerner Kkkk k. Get your facts correct before speaking headlessly. Some names are decieving

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
13 days ago

It’s good that the Electoral Commission is ready to conduct the re-demarction exercise. The funding should be forthcoming this MEC was a political tool for DPP through the its chair and the director of public prosecution, now with the current MEC chairman we expect an equitable distribution of resources in this we mean the excessively large constituencies be given a fresh demarcation so that development trickles down to the small citizens. Not the sloppy demarcation initiated by Bakili with a view to creating a parliamentary majority in favour of southern region. It was power entrenchment for UDF/DPP all of us… Read more »

Mwini muzi
11 days ago
Reply to  CESSPOOL

The criteria to be used is: the population and geographical size. Going by these, all districts will be affected and we may end up having double the current 193 constituencies. Can our budgets usually with fiscal deficits accommodate this?

Manuel
Manuel
13 days ago

Dr kachale learn to respect elders, mlusu is old now stop challenging him through media. And, just because we praised you during rerun does not mean you should get in our faces everyday. You are not that important to Malawians daily lives so get lost!

Pitala
Pitala
14 days ago

Judge Chifundo Kachale is a prayerful technocrat. He can be trusted than the other source.

Joni
Joni
14 days ago

Bwana Mlusu

Munthu womunamizira si Justice Kachale, adzakuyalutsani ndithu…..the Chief Justice-to- be is a perfect guy at least so far …so kambani za mavuto anu ….the MEC Chair is waiting for the money allocation to dermacate constituencies and please, GIVE HIM sizanu, ndizathu a Malawi…..

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