Law expert says Ansah resignation may delay Malawi elections

A law expert has said the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah just weeks into a crucial presidential election has plunged the country into yet another electoral crisis.

Justine Dzonzi: Fresh elections are court sanctioned polls therefore do not disrupt the electoral process

Justin Dzonzi of Justice Link says it will not be possible for a new commission to hold an election in two weeks’ time.

The term of office for Ansah—a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal—was set to expire in October this year while that for her eight commissioners is ending on June 5 this year

“This means in two weeks’ time, we will have no commission at all.

“Take into account that we will have an election on 23 June, this is an electoral crisis,” he said.

Dzonzi questioned the timing of Ansah’s decision to tender her resignation letter.

However, Human Rights Defenders Committee (HRDC) chairperson Gift Trapence described Ansah’s resignation as good riddance.

“Without Malawians’ pressure, she could not have resigned. She has wasted Malawians’ time,” said Trapence.

Ansah told the state controlled MBC that she is leaving MEC with shoulders high, with clear conscience and not because of HRDC led violent demonstrations.

“That’s why I stood through the demonstrations,” she said.

She has been the target of nationwide protests over the commission’s handling of the ballot in February last year that saw President Peter Mutharika secure a second term but results were annulled by the Constitutional Court because of widespread irregularities.

The judgment was upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeal, the country’s top judicial authority, after an appeal by Mutharika and the electoral body.

New elections are scheduled for June 23, and the successful candidate will have to win an outright majority rather than simply the most votes as in the past.

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Muruwaniwa
Muruwaniwa
9 months ago

I think a opposition alibe ma strategists… my free advise to Chakwera don’t put your trust in STREET KIDS LIKE MTAMBO. Its been a year now since you started fighting Jane Ansah meaning you wanted her to go anyday… now instead of celebrating you are talking nonsense about Jane Ansah. Mind you Jane Ansah alone has shown that; Chilima, Mtambo, Trapence, Chakwera all High court judges, all Supreme court judges and some headless chickens (MCP+UTM Supporters) CANNOT MAKE ONE STRONG WOMAN (JANE MAYEMU ANSAH) Lets learn to accept defeat. Mtambo, Chakwera, Chilima please accept the defeat by Jane Ansah. Jane… Read more »

John Phiri
John Phiri
9 months ago

Mapwiya umangolota. When did SKC go to court to seek direction on Jane’s resignation? Mwina umasuta fodya wamkulu? The courts have been been approached on ‘fixing of the electoral date’. Jezebel Ansah and her friend Pitala have destroyed the entire electoral fabric in Malawi. If they will not be tried here on earth, God will do on behalf of the Malawian people nthawi yikazakwana

Suzgo
Suzgo
9 months ago
Reply to  John Phiri

John Phiri, it’s in fact Saulos Chilima who takes coccaine and fodya wamkulu… you know it! Everybody knows it, even Abusa Chakwera knows but barely tolerates him for political power hunger that he seriously harbours. The end is neigh!

#Better MW
#Better MW
9 months ago

As a matter of fact bring back Jane Ansah’s predecessor. She or he won’t need training.
Election can still be held on June 23.

Chikafu
Chikafu
9 months ago
Reply to  #Better MW

Akamutenge kumanda?

#Better MW
#Better MW
9 months ago
Reply to  Chikafu

Thank you for bringing that up. I would hope there is someone familiar with, and able to run the elections.

For every job you should always train another person ready to step in if need be. No one should be indispensable.

#NotMyPresident
#NotMyPresident
9 months ago

Good Riddance!

#BetterMW
#BetterMW
9 months ago

She waited too long to resign, in order to throw the electoral process into crisis. However, treat this as a war and emergency situation. We have great minds that can still pull off a credible election.

Like they say “One monkey don’t stop the show”.

Mpakaten
9 months ago

The resignation of Ansah is highly staged and I still have doubt if indeed she has resigned as she has made people to believe. Why did Ansah choose to reveal announce about her resignation is an exclusive interview with MBC other than choosing abetter way. This is very theatrical. Once again I don’t believe she has resigned, wait till you know the truth.Douse is behind this move.

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
9 months ago

Chilima went to court again to ask the concourt to give direction on Anshah resignation so that she leaves soon. Didn’t his dreaded and dirty lawyer Silungwe not advise him the implication. Dirty wosasamba Chikosa angofuna legal fees from chilima. So a Dzonzi intervene please and advise mzanu chikosa to stop the legal battles against Ansah. Let them focus on elections on 23 June

Aalex
Aalex
9 months ago
Reply to  Mapwiya

Mr Mapwiya. Kuganiza kwantundu wanji kumeneko?

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
9 months ago

It seems some people have an egg on their face. They got what they wanted, but now they dont want what they got. Jane Ansah was not the problem, the Afrobarometer stats of November last year were accurate in matching the May election results. The opposition just muddied the waters after losing and created an unstable environment. The reason why they lost is not because of rigging or tippex but because they did not unite as one force. In order for them to push for their alliance agenda, they then created chaos, manipulated the judiciary, got a favourable rerun verdict.… Read more »

Tutu
Tutu
9 months ago

That is true. According to AFROBAROMETER, DPP won the election last year but MCP and UTM manipulated the courts in order to unite and try and wrestle power. DPP was the most popular party in the AFROBAROMETER.

John Phiri
John Phiri
9 months ago
Reply to  Tutu

Kodi Afrobarrometer yimavota? Specifically what number is in majority here: a. 38% or
b. 62%
Pitala got 38% of the votes (plus obera), therefore he was in minority. 62% did not vote for him (majority). We can’t allow a minority leader to rule the country because for him/her to survive, he depends on political cronyism and nepotism. Hence the 50+1 principle. For example for me if Pitala wins with majority, I will accept it wholeheartedly. Simple.

BENTBY
9 months ago

Its hard to see our nation plunge into economic and social miseries just because of one Jane Asah. no punishment from man befits her, God himself will choose and pass a huge punishment befitting her level of rudeness and evil heartedness.

Ndife
Ndife
9 months ago
Reply to  BENTBY

God always punishes fools thats why he takes the little from the foolish poor and give to the rich. No 50+1 it means?

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

Pitala is the masterminder. Did he not see all this from the time Jane announced his faulty winnings?????
Malawians should not be taken for granted

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