Malawi fresh elections could be pushed further beyond July 2

The holding of the Constitutional Court sanctioned presidential election will be pushed beyond the  July 3 deadline on  technical shortfalls, Nyasa Times understands as government is set to  present four electoral related bills on Wednesday .

Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa says Electoral Bills to be tabled Wednesday.(C) Govati Nyirenda

The court ruled in February that the May 2019 polls were deeply flawed, due to bias, lack of a majority vote, and incompetence by Malawi Electoral Commisison (MEC). That ruling was challenged by President Peter Mutharika and the electoral body and the Supreme Court in April ruled that the vote was to be redone not beyond July 3.

Leader of House Kondwani Nankhumwa said President Peter Mutharika is keen to having the fresh polls and has made  appointment of the new MEC Commissioners to ensure they manage the polls

He said government will be  circulating the electoral  bills to legislators on Tuesday and on Wednesday the House will be debating the them  and probably have them passed.

“That smacks of the quality of the President which we have; that smacks of the willingness of this government to make sure that we have elections in the country and we need the elections now not tomorrow that’s what we’re doing,” assured Nankhumwa.

He described the concerns from the opposition that government is not so keen on the bills as fear of the unknown as all long they have been ready with them.

Nankhumwa  stressed that  the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front Alliance  (UDF) alliance also needed the elections to happen as soon as possible only that they are only following the procedures.

The vote rerun requires new funds, and it is not evident where this money will come from.

MEC said the whole election budget is pegged at K34 billion.

European Union (EU) pulled out its K6 billion funding towards the election, citing it has diverted its funds towards the covid-19 fight and also said the fresh presidential election is illegitimate as parliament is yet to pass relevant electoral laws for the holding of the fresh election.

EU also indicated that it will not send its observer team because of the coronavirus fears.

The traditional benefactor United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said it does not fund elections but provides technical expertise only.

The commission had a funding deficit of K8 billion to successfully manage the fresh poll following the pulling out of UNDP’s support due to alleged lack of a legal framework to run the polls and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Economist Betchani Tcheleni from The Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), observed that an K8 billion deficit will make things difficult for the country to run the election “effectively.”

Tcheleni, however, noted lack of enough resources to hold fresh polls might result in challenges including irregularities.

“So we need enough resources to effectively manage the polls and ensure nobody finds a scapegoat that the irregularities occurred due to insufficient funding,”

MEC pegged the fresh elections at K43.7 billion but Parliament during the 2019/20 Mid-Year Budget Review only approved about K29.1 billion for the activity.

During the May 2019 Tripartite Elections, government spent about K44 billion to organise the disputed event that involved seven presidential candidates, 1 331 parliamentary candidates, 2 615 local government aspirants and about 6 859 570 voters in 193 parliamentary constituencies and 462 local government wards across the country.

 

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Malawi belong to the citizens

The country belong to malawians not EU. Election process should continue to avoid chaos.The problem is with the MEC and DPP. If MEC commissioners were able to pay South Africa lawyers which means they can handle the presidential election.

Marumbo
8 months ago

The EU is right. These fresh presidential elections are indeed illegal.

Phwenje
Phwenje
8 months ago
Reply to  Marumbo

So which one are legal now tell us lets hear from you waiting

Robateu
Robateu
8 months ago

NYEKHWE THE DATE SET……..

Sato
Sato
8 months ago

How time flies If find strange that APM and his follower refer to EU, African Union and SADC endorsement of the botched 2019 elections but were in the forefront mocking Joyce Banda for her obsession with donors(white people)- the AZUNGU ANDITUMA monniker. Akapezeka munthu umagwiradi ngakhale tsekera

Nafenso
Nafenso
8 months ago

It is on 23 June…done deal

DELIA MATEWERE
DELIA MATEWERE
8 months ago
Reply to  Nafenso

Fire fire

Mkaika
Mkaika
8 months ago

Adad already stated his position that if fresh elections will not be conducted by 3rd July he will continue as state president. On the other hand Chakwera’s cholaboy insists that elections must happen by 3rd July but is not telling us whether he will resign or not after that date. A cholaboyi tiuzeni mbali yanu muzatani after 3rd July. I have also read a post here on need of bringing sanity in the office of Veep. Parliament must indeed put a condition that a Veep must resign if he/she defects from a party that sponsored his campaign. It is doubtful… Read more »

Phwenje
Phwenje
8 months ago
Reply to  Mkaika

You are totally misplaced dundehead get prepared on 23 june othwrwise all this noise its of no use

mtete
mtete
9 months ago

My advice to DPP/APM is to think carefully about your tactics which, by the way, we already know, i.e
to delay the election as much as possible. We know you will now blame Covid 19 pandemic which is close to APM’s heart as one way of scaring citizens.

2020 BOMA
2020 BOMA
9 months ago

Richest countries, they presidents most of them are aged from 43 to 60 yes kwathu kuno ndiye starting age it’s 80 yrs mmmmmm

Beti
Beti
9 months ago
Reply to  2020 BOMA

Selective examples. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the USA is Mutharika’s age mate. He is competing with Trump. Age is just a number.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago
Reply to  2020 BOMA

and also look for a 3rd term.kkkkk pashyeni madzyi ndikomoka ine

The Great Prophet Baruch

My prophecy is arthur peter mutharika will join us soon. Very soon. (I am worried about his followers.)

John Phiri
John Phiri
9 months ago

After being deliberately delayed by APM and Janensa! This is no good for the country.

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