Malawi fresh elections in July may postpone: MEC says coronavirus threat to holding polls

Pollster, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says coronavirus remains a great threat to the holding of the Constitutional Court sanctioned presidential election in July.

Moffart Banda: The fate of fresh presidential election slated for July 2 hangs in balance

Commissioner Moffat Banda has said this on Tuesday in Kasungu on the sidelines of training for civic educators for the forthcoming polls.

Banda said MEC continues to monitor the trends of the disease worldwide.

“We are prepared to hold the election on July 2, this is why we continue to prepare but the coronavirus is the only threat,’ he said.

Banda said the outbreak—which has resulted in President Peter Mutharika declaring a State of Disaster—might impact of the process leading to the electoral body failing to conduct the election within the timeframe of 150 days as stipulated by the Constitutional Court (Concourt) on February 3.

“As you are aware, not more than 100 people can congregate at one place as the preventive measure against coronavirus and this is very difficult in the preparations and the holding of the election,” he said.

He said people look at each other suspiciously these days due to the coronavirus threat therefore it is not possible to bring them together.

Banda then advised the civic educators to be non partisan when did discharging their duties.

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah also told the National Elections Consultative Forum (Necof) meeting last week in Mangohci  that if the pandemic worsens, MEC might have no other option than “to put on the election on hold.”

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CRIMINAL FoMINDED
CRIMINAL FoMINDED
1 year ago

No wonder the old fool find the way to propaganda the coronavirus so that he can hide under it ,no way Almighty God will find another way to take us out in this bandage

National CEO
National CEO
1 year ago

Another sign of incompetence.

Munthui
Munthui
1 year ago

Please don’t allow jane and her incompetent MEC ruin another election.
DPP/UDF don’t really want to be humiliated at the ballot box and will try to hide behind the coronavirus.
Things will not end well for peter and jane!

Nsanje
Nsanje
1 year ago

Having an election is a waste of money.

Nuno
Nuno
1 year ago

The elections should be cancelled. Let us focus on making sure Malawi does not have a case of corona-virus.

Nameless
Nameless
1 year ago
Reply to  Nuno

U are very stupid idiot….

lulu
lulu
1 year ago

The evil opposition and corrupt courts can now see that nature has intervened. No elections and shame on Chakwera, Chilima, HRDC, ConCourt and Supreme Court judges.

Salo
Salo
1 year ago

All over the world, elections are being postponed including big events. MEC cannot organise elections in the current environment where borders are closed, flights are grounded etc.

Maunits
Maunits
1 year ago

No excuse of Covid-19 elections on kulibe pothawira

Petulo
Petulo
1 year ago

Maintaining the status quo with DPP lead is worse than Covid 19, we are dead both ways so let the fresh elections come perchance we might breathe a sigh of relief

Banda
Banda
1 year ago
Reply to  Petulo

It might be better for you to get infected with corona-virus so that you can understand why prevention is better for Malawi.

Mr Fact Kaviphwisi
Mr Fact Kaviphwisi
1 year ago

In the end we will have the fresh elections, it doesn’t matter when

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