Kachale hailed, demystified Malawi Electoral Commission where Ansah was incompetent

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Dr Chifundo Kachale has received applauds for the way he has managed the historic fresh presidential elections which have been revered as credible.

Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale: Delivered credible elections
Kachale (C) with MEC spokesman Sangwani Mwafulirwa (L) and Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika

Kachale – appointed to the task on June  7 – took over from Justice Jane Ansah, who left with a batters image after the 2019 nullified elections in which she was declared incompetent by the court and parliament.

But Kachale, a judge of the High Court of Malawi and a former journalist who worked  at Times Media, has been hailed for the way he has delivered a credible elections won by former opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera.

Dean of law at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Dr Sunduzwayo Madise credited Kachale for his leadership at the Commission.

“Justice Dr Kachale has demystified the Electoral Commission chairmanship, making complex things simple is a mark of a genius,” said Madise, who was also an observer.

Malawians went to the polls again after the Constitutional Court ruled the May 2019 elections null and void due to “widespread, systematic and grave” irregularities. That ruling was challenged by outgoing president Peter Mutharika and later upheld by the Malawi Supreme Court.

There were a number of marked changes between the two elections, according to political analyst Boniface Dulani from the University of Malawi.

“Generally speaking, the quality and organization was a lot better than last year’s annulled election; the new leadership at the electoral commission placed emphasis on the fact that any electoral staff who messed up would be personally held liable,”  Dulani pointed out.

“A lot of the polling staff took that to heart– they were a lot more cautious in the way they did things than before,” adds Dulani, who was also an observer in the election.

“That’s why we’ve seen almost no use of the correction fluid tippex, which characterized last year’s election,” he said.

Kachale, had three-and-a-half weeks to organize an election, and while there were a few glitches that were logistical, including missing materials, it was more transparent, according to Dulani.

“There is no comparison to last year’s ‘tippex election’,” commented Pemphero Wamwale Mphande, who ran as a member of parliament last year and lost.

However, defected President Peter Mutharika, who had sought a second five-year term, earlier on Saturday called the rerun of the election “the worst in Malawi’s history”.

He alleged his party’s monitors had been beaten and intimidated during Tuesday’s election, but the Malawi Human Rights Commission, an observer, called the vote peaceful and transparent.

Chakwera won with 58 per cent of the vote, or 2.6 million votes out of 4.4 million cast. Mutharika received 1.7 million.

Kachale, while announcing the results,  acknowledged that “it has been a very interesting journey.” He said turnout was 64 per cent of 6.8 million registered voters.

The husband to the country Director of Public Prosecution, Mary Kachale, Justice Kachale hailed the previous team of commissioners and formed chairperson Ansah for their contributions in the the electoral process.

He commended the previous team of commissioners for performing the necessary electoral processes prior to his appointment, adding that most of the work pertaining to the fresh presidential election had already been done by the time the new team assumed their roles.

Kachale also hailed his team of commissioners for their hardwork and dedication.

The MEC chief also thanked security agencies for their extensive logistical support and a robust security arrangement, which created the necessary conditions for a smooth election.

He further thanked the media for coverage and government for financially supporting the election.

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Nyekhwest .
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Nyekhwest .

Jane Ansah and her commissioners together with her Mr Alufandika should have criminal charges .
how could they mismanage an election to an extent that the Nation lost billions of Kwachas for a rerun and provoked the peace loving Malawians to go into the streets and damage assets worth billions.

suppose it was someone working for a private company and you make such blunders, will they just fire you and let you free

Mphatso M
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Mphatso M

Dr. Chifundo Kachale is one with exceptional skills, and high levels of honestly and dedication. He has worked selflessly and tirelessly within the time constraints, while at the same time making sure that everything gets done within the time frame, and according to the law. He is a consummate professional, God fearing, and dedicated, the quintessential characters that all of us should emulate, and also that our country needs, as we all yearn to develop Malawi from the shambles. I would really like to congratulate Dr. Chifundo Kachale for the outstanding and remarkable leadership skills, and all the excellent work… Read more »

Chidakwa Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba
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The problem with Jane Ansah was that she was manipulated by APM and other dpp thugs. It was simply a question of following the law and tracing the votes from the polling stations which Dr. Chifundo Kachale did. Moving away from electronic transmission to manual was another. We have spreadsheets like Excel wich can easily be used to capture or add votes from districts. MEC was compromised because they were offered huge sums of money by dpp through Thom Mpinganjira and the Reserve Bank governor who were interested parties and must be investigated. ACB must trace all their property. Say… Read more »

sazuza
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sazuza

At MEC even a messenger is driving a car. Can they be probed immediately.

mtete
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mtete

Whereas Kachale’s mandate was to make sure the will of Malawians was met, Ansah’s agenda was to ensure APM won the election at whatever cost the consequence of which cost the taxpayers billions of Kwachas in bribery and litigations. The main beneficiaries of the whole saga were DPP, APM and Ansah herself.
What a heartless woman!

Muhammed
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Muhammed

This man should be appointed chief secretary .

Wikleaks
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Wikleaks

Truth be told Jane Ansah did the ground work before she left and Kachale has benefitted a lot from the experience of Manthanga and Kunje. He is being praised because the declared Chakwera winner but if we are to be fair APM won those 2019 elections . This time he is not far from what he got and even Chakwera minus votes for Chilima he got what he got last time.

Chancy kamwendo
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Chancy kamwendo

Chilungamo chilipo mr wikleaks, komaso ukachosela a chilima uchoseleso, kwa APM uchoselekoso a Atupele

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Enanso ambiri sanavote than last year 2019 ndiye masamu a chilima atupewo ndi ma votedwe osintha thabwawa Kaya wikleaks wapnkhesela Ngati Jane Ansah Kaya🙊🤔

mtete
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mtete

Ground work my foot!

Chancy kamwendo
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Chancy kamwendo

ena amkakamila udindo wa u chairman amaganiza kuti Mmalawi muno mulibe madolo ozitsata, Panalibeso zozimenya kumbuyo kuti ,” I Dr kachale” …, mfana ozichepesa, Olemba malemba adati Muzawaziwa ndi zintchito zawo,

Mushaka Desire
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Mushaka Desire

Justice Kachale is a true man of God, a man of integrity, an epitome of justice , a real Pastor. Some people Call themselves Bishops (sic) but their works are the dirtiest, full of Tippex.
So elections can be credible in Malawi? It only takes quality leadership to achieve what Jane Ansah failed miserably . And considering all the good work done, Justice Chifundo is not about to pat himself on the back as the idiot did!
May God bless Malawi with many Chifundo Kachales and may He do away with all Jane Ansahs

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Angoni

A big up to Dr Kachale you have shown alla nd sundry that its not what one has at his disposal but how one organise it to achieve the desired results. It took you three weeks only to run credible and, free and fair elections yet amayi aja ankati it would take up to 9 months to run credible elections…kaya aliko alibe manyazi kaya. Poti ndi Jazebel I doubt kuti ali ndi manyazi.

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