Malawi fresh elections polling date may be shifted from June 23 – Kachale

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Chifundo Kachale has not ruled out seeking extension of the fresh presidential election date because of logistical challenges ahead of the court sanctioned poll on June 23, saying they want to deliver a credible election.

Kachale: We will deliver a credible election and people must not read too much into what happened in the past.

Kachale said this during a new  conference on Saturday in Lilongwe —the first one after being appointed on June 7 2020.

“Our wish is to approach everything professionally and we have trust in key stakeholders and also the people of Malawi,” said Kachale,  the High Court Judge who has replaced Justice of Appeal Jane Ansah – who was accused of mismanaging the nullified 2019 presidential election..

“That is why on the challenges that we have found on the ground, we have taken an initiative to engage the candidates to let them know of the challenges,” he added.

He said MEC ordered  72,000 security seals padlocks which are yet to arrive into the country, 72, 000 plastic security seals which are not yet in the country, 15,000 polling booths which have not yet arrived and 12, 000 rubber bands which are yet to arrive.

Kachale also said the commission has not sent officials and other stakeholders to physically inspect the printing of ballot papers in Dubai due to coronavirus pandemic lockdown and travel restrictions.

He however said the printing of the ballot papers has started and he was upbeat the ballot papers would be in the country on June 19.

Kachale also said apart from facing a deficit of about K8 billion, delayed disbursement of funding is another challenge which is affecting some of the activities.

He cited, as an example, the training of presiding officers which was to start by June 8, but only commenced on Saturday as a case of the implication of delayed funding.

Kachale pleaded with Malawians to avoid suspicion and give the new commission, including two controversial commissioners—Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje—who were in the old commission that was declared incompetent by both the court and the Public Appointments Committee (PAC), a benefit of doubt.

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VYOTO
VYOTO
8 months ago

PROFESSOR PETER MUTHALIKA UNDERESTIMATED SKC POLITICAL POWER. SKC HAS ASSISTED CHAKWERA TO DISLODGE POWER FROM APM IN A STYLISH MANNER.

Good critic Mtamba
Good critic Mtamba
8 months ago

Ine pheee kumastand watching from far I just want the election to happen and we move on after it bcoz we already stuck at one step I don’t mind who wins

CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
8 months ago

Chakwelang’ombe ndiye aliko akungodzimenya-menya
Kudana ndichisankho beyond 23 June
Pomwe Chilima ali eya! Zizichedwa
Mkati mochedwa kungoti APM wateleleka
Chilima alipachiwongolelo
Apa Chilima zake zabwino bwino

Truth pains.
8 months ago

I pity for Chakwera. Looking at the level he shall be loosing, he shall sweat terribly and drop something in his pants on 23 June and he shall be speechless, even failing to say ” I shall shade blood in this country”.

Maunits
Maunits
8 months ago

Good start Hon Justice Kachale please restore the glory lost by hule Jane Ansa

Maunits
Maunits
8 months ago

They are failing to fund Elections but bribing judges. If dpp used tippex when MCP stood on its an won what about this time around with UTM Nyekhwete.

Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
Operation Chotsa Mbavaa
8 months ago

To start with, why the hell have we accepted those two same old commissioners… who were part n parcel of the incompetent team and are also known riggers and dpp cadets so why are we allowing them two to remain their instead of being out behind bars. There is no doubt that these 2 mbavaa commissioners will again try to rig the election so again we will not have credibility of the forthcoming election. HRDC CAN YOU FORCE MEC N MBAVAA PETER TO CHANGE THE TWO ROTTEN COMMISSIONERS AT MEC. JEAN N LINDA AACHOKE. MBAVAA AMENEYO!!!!!!

TRUTH
TRUTH
8 months ago

Extension of time is normal. When you want to do a good job you MUST know what is happening not TOLD what is happening. I was expecting that from any serious person to handle such an important task. Chifundo Kachale if you rash and do a bad job the same people will turn against you. So take your time to make sure that you do your job with clear conscious.

ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago

Kachale will take us through with no fail.

We’ll LISTEN and keep your COOL all Malawians are behind you Honourable 💪🏾🇲🇼

Sams
Sams
8 months ago

No problem for extension as everybody knew this going to happen
Tactics included
1. Delay Asaaa to resign so that the new commissioner will not be able to manage within one month of appointment
2. Delay appoimtment of commissioners so that it will be difficulty for them to carry out their work within one month
3. I beg the commissioner to inspect printed materials here @ 100% check on each document requirering inspection since now travel is restricted

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