President Joyce Banda has appointed new Malawi Electoral Commission Commissioners. The Office of the President and cabinet (OPC) announced the names on Saturday.
The new Commissioners are Reverend Allan Chiphiko, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson and former Lilongwe City legislator Nancy Tembo, Bishop Bernard Malango of Anglican Church, Reverend Mezuwa Banda of the Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP, Bertha Simwaka , former United Democratic Front (UDF) Mulanje Bale MP Elvy Mtafu, Dr. Wellington Nakanga, governing People’s Party executive officials Reverend Emmanuel Chimkwita Phiri and Gloria Chingota, respectively and former Maravi People’s Part member Stanley Biliati.
According to the OPC, the new Commissioners have been appointed with effect from Saturday.
When she delivered her State of the Nation Address during the official opening of the 2012/2013 Budget Meeting of Parliament in Lilongwe on Friday, Banda disclosed that she had written to political parties to nominate candidates to be considered for appointment as Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioners.
“We are confident that MEC Commissioners will be appointed very soon to allow the Commission commence its work. Government will continue with inter-party dialogue to ensure political stability,” said the Head of State.