Malawi electoral commission offices open in Blantyre, Mzuzu

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) offices are open in Blantyre and Mzuzu just a day after the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) forcibly closed them to force the resignation of the pollster’s commissioners.

HRDC’s Trapence and Mtambo demand  Ansah, step down.
But in Lilongwe, the offices remained closed with iron chains and locks and the place looks deserted except for armed police officers manning the premises.
The Constitutional Court on February 3 2020 annulled results that declared President Peter Mutharika, who had a narrow lead, victor and lashed the Jane Ansah-led Commission  for “incompetence.”
Sources said Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers manned the Lilongwe MEC office premises all night long until they handed over to the police Friday morning.
In Blantyre, a guard at the MEC office claimed officials from the HRDC went back to the place to remove the chains and locks soon after they closed it.
But HRDC coordinator for the south Masauko Thawe expressed surprised that the offices were open, saying his officials did not open the offices.
“This is the MEC that we don’t want because we cannot trust them. We need a new MEC which can operate to the expectations of all Malawians,” Thawe said.

Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, has defiantly maintained that she will quit only if the Supreme Court upholds the Constitutional Court judgement, which also ordered new elections within 150 days.

She told Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee inquiry at Parliament Building in Lilongwe assessing MEC commissioners’ competences in managing the disputed elections, this week that the correction fluid – referred to by its commercial name of Tippex – had been used only to correct results, not distort them.

In Mzuzu, the offices are open and business is going on as usual.
Police spokesperson for Mzuzu Peter Kalaya said his office has not received reports of injuries following the Thursday protests in the city.
The social media has been awash with pictures and stories that the police shot a man in the leg during the demonstrations in Mzuzu.

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MTUMBUKA WENIWENI
MTUMBUKA WENIWENI
2 years ago

PHADA wanuyo ku Lilongwe konko naaakuno ku Blantyre mufa achina ntambo

CAPTEN MUGAZA
CAPTEN MUGAZA
2 years ago

ENANU KWANU MKUDYA MKUKHUTA…..MTAMBO IS DOIN WHAT HE IS ENTITLED TO DO EVEN OUR PREZIDENT KNOWZ…ODZIWAWO AKUDZIWA KUTI MTAMBO AKUDZIWA ZOMWE AKUCHITA…Y STOP MTAMBO..Y CUT HIS SPACE…HOW IS HE POISONING THE YOUTH..HOW,NGATI MULIBE CHONENA KUMANGOKHALA PHEEEE BASI.NGATI MUNAZOLOWERA KUONERERA ZINTHU ZIKULAKWIKA MUKUENERA KUSIMTHA….ITS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DEMONSTRATE…SO YOU SPECTATORS BETER STAY HOME ON YOUR TV ENJOYING THE SAME FREEDOM DEMONSTRATORS ARE FIGHTING FOR

Razor chakwera
2 years ago

I think it’s time for the people who are in power to search deeply

POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
2 years ago

Timothy Ntembo ankangofuna kujambulitsa palimbendela yawo ya LGBT pazingwe zokolekedwa

Halawala
Halawala
2 years ago

My question is where is Public Affairs Committee hiding? Before judgement they jumped low and high asking party leaders and Malawians to accept court verdict. Now they are quite, dead quite, like a graveyard. Suppose APM and MEC had won the case would PAC had stayed quite? I suppose no they would be asking petitioners and their followers to stay quite and accept the judgement. They would be quoting verses and sula. This pack is very partisan and should be scrutinized and ignored. It is irreligious. Why are they not asking MEC and APM to accept the judgement. We know… Read more »

Chilipa Thako
2 years ago

kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkiest kuseka chikhakhali zachibwana zanuzo muzipanga ku Lilongwe kwanu konko ku BT masewera ogwirana mpheto sapanga kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

tung'ande
tung'ande
2 years ago

Ntambo has been given a lot of space , It is time this dog was stopped before he contaminates our youth. Yes if he is put down Malawi will have a bad record with the international community but Malawi will be at peace. Its high time the Malwi leader works like Kagame. If we allow these raskals to operate in our country this country will not develop. Instead of teaching the youth skills he has lorded them to the streets for a good none months. This is enough period for a woman who conceived to bear a child. After all… Read more »

Wakututuwa
Wakututuwa
2 years ago
Reply to  tung'ande

Mtambo is going beyond his limits. Time to put to check in what they can do as a civil society. Or else they embark on doing whatever they want. There has to be a limit to what a civil society can do. Who is letting these guys go away with this nonsense. Please those in power put to check this stupidity. Penapakensotu I fear there is a larger conspiracy even in the judiciary, some prominent people are involved and thus letting these fellas do whatever they conceive

Mitengo
Mitengo
2 years ago

It was obvious that this would happen as it was a no legally binding action.

Mzeedi
Mzeedi
2 years ago

Ma gundwani a hdrc

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