Malawi fresh elections to cost K43bn, Oct 28 as voting date – Ansah

The budget for fresh presidential elections has been pegged at K43 billion, the embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  chairperson has stated in a proposed calendar of the electoral process.

Embattled MEC chairperson, Justice Jane Mayemu Ansah SC and Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika

The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) judgement last week nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election and ordered fresh election within 150 days of the ruling on February 3 2020.

In a sworn statement for the stay of the ConCourt ruling, MEC chairperson Ansah argues that it is not feasible to hold fresh elections in 150 days’ time and proposes that the exercise be carried out on October 28 this year.

Among others, the electoral body cites funding constraints and transport challenges that the body experienced during the May 21 2019 elections, saying they are likely to haunt the commission again.

MEC put the budget for the fresh elections at K43 billion and needs to be funded from Treasury and a budget approval from Parliament. Malawi government injected K44 billion in last year’s Tripartite Elections.

“As a commission, we are of the view that the election can only be held within at least 261 days on October 28 2020 if we prepare on an expedited calendar,” reads Ansah’s submission.

MEC, according to its chairwoman, requires a minimum of 25 days to procure and deliver voter registration and polling materials.

Ansah has proposed 78 days for registration of voters to be split in six phases of 14 days each and five days of production of voters roll.

She says the electoral body would need 118 days for civic and voter education mobilisation and further indicates 26 days would be required to distribute civic education materials and inspect voter registers.

Ansah has set two days for receipt if nomination papers and one day for MEC to assess the candidates’ submission.

The ConCourt ruling established that the voting process had been marred by serious irregularities. The electoral commission had also failed to address complaints before announcing results. Tally sheets lacked monitor signatures, and several accepted tally sheets had been corrected using Tipp-Ex.

Equally important, it established that parliament should move to properly enact section 80(2) of the constitution, effectively changing the Malawian electoral system.

That means a president will need a 50+1 majority of votes. Simply winning more votes than your competitors will no longer be enough.

Throughout Malawi’s last parliamentary term, the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) actively tried to frustrate any attempts at such fundamental electoral reform.

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KENT
KENT
9 months ago

Ndiye wina adziti i belong to Christ Citadel Church, Jane Ansah is my pastor, aaaaah usawi?? chichi?? She is not fit to be a pastor, evil woman from the evil forest.

nompumelelo khuzwayo
9 months ago

kodi jezzebel ameneyu akutokota shit imemeyi ngati ndani iyeyu????

YOSWA MKONYOFU
YOSWA MKONYOFU
9 months ago

Why 118 days for voter civic education? why can this exercise be done concurrently with other activities?

Nyaphaphi
Nyaphaphi
9 months ago

am not sure of the figure raised above. I doubt if our MEC can make correct and accurate simple addition arithmetic. this figure is subject to confirmation by the new commission

Thungululu
Thungululu
9 months ago

Kodi awa zachisankho zikuwakhuza ndichani….azayendesatu ndi anthu ena..inu muzivaya basi…satana iwe

Malawi belong to the citizens

Even if the cost reaches 100 billion chisankho chichitike as court said.Ostinamiza apa. Inuyo mupange resign please mungadzabereso.We demand new commissioners at MEC please.

uyunu uyu
9 months ago

what is Jane Ansah? Is virus that brings Hypertension disease to Voters who wished their country well and brought fake hope and fake joy to Malawians who wanted to destroy this nation. Like virus that can hardly leave the body of the living man despite taking series of drugs so is Jane Ansah refusing to leave our beloved MEC despite several demonstrations and court ruling. i doubt if she can leave our MEC even when president and PAC fires her!!!!.

KK wa ku Mangochi
9 months ago
Reply to  uyunu uyu

She just needs a bullet in her head.

Kandulu
Kandulu
9 months ago

Prisoners at Chichiri Prison are going to elect their new president and they are looking for election commissioner that is where Jane and Co are going.

Jobex
Jobex
9 months ago

Ma form 60 afeki Aja budget yake ilinso pompa

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
9 months ago
Reply to  Jobex

Two WORDS SUMMARISE someone who is INCOMPETENT: INEFFICIENT and INEFFECTIVE. Mu efficiency muli USE of resources including TIME. Jezebel cannot provide any advice on the very thing she’s being accused of (She lacks competency on). Justice Msosa can do that based on experience. Let Jezebel continue bizarrely patting herself on the back like a mad person.

Bristone Mabichi
Bristone Mabichi
9 months ago

Those who funded the May 2019, will fund this one ahead of us. It is not your business to source money, just prepare yourself for fresh elections, that is, if you will still be chair which is doubtful though. We are going to the polls so do not tell us about the budget, it is none of your business. In fact, you have already retired and our tax will not renew your contract after the May, 21 2019 mess.

Gugu
Gugu
9 months ago

zoti kuli corona virus simukudziwa kkk. Nanga as brexit. We will just use a quarter of next year’s budget basi. Nanga nkutani

Libra
Libra
9 months ago

Shaaa…Ansah, who said you are involved in the next elections kodi? And how much did the rigged elections cost?? And how much more are you costing the nation because of unscrupulous actions??? A little too late to be talking about costs now

KK wa ku Mangochi
9 months ago
Reply to  Libra

She is trying pose as a useful person to Malawians meanwhile she is useless. Satana wanyanga

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