Malawi fresh presidential poll to be held without international observers

Malawi could for the first time ever hold the presidential election without international observers.

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Head of  European Union (EU) mission to Malawi has confirmed that his organization would not be sending its team as they have done in the past elections.

He said the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  has not invited the EU to observe the election.

In earlier interviews, the EU said that it has directed all its resources in the fight against coronavirus.

African Union and Sadc officials were also reluctant to comment on the matter, saying it was difficult to say whether they would send their teams to the country because of unknown dates for the election.

Officials from Commonwealth say with the lockdown in place and suspension of flights, it would be difficult to send its observer team into Malawi for the June 23, 2020 poll.

The country’s enstranged vice-president and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima said the role of international election observers should be redefined before the court sanctioned fresh election, saying the country does not need what he called “election tourists.”

EU, AU, Sadc, Commonwealth and other observer teams certified the May 21, 2020 tripartite election free, fair, credible and transparent but the Constitutional Court annulled it on grounds that it was marred with massive and widespread anomalies.

Chilima said Malawi has the capacities to monitor and observe its own election.

Many commentators have echoed Chilima’s statement which puts on trial the international observers who moved fast to sanitize fraud,”alleging that international groups had favored “status quo and ‘stability’ ahead of credible elections.”

The five High Court judge panel, seating as ConCourt, ordered the fresh election within 150 days from which expires on July  after declaring that President Peter Mutharika was not duly elected as State President. The judgement was upheld by Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal.

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Malemu Pitala
Malemu Pitala
8 months ago

Useless bunch of racists. We don’t need them. They already proved to be incompetent. We also don’t want them to bring us Covid 19.

Malawi belong to the citizens

Asadzabwerenso.kukonda kumatipanga control ma Africans.Colonial period ended long time ago.We can do without them.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago

Who needs this bunch? Let them find somewhere else to holiday. The incoming government, please never allow these incompetent individuals ever to monitor our elections.

DPP Handed Back To UDF
8 months ago

Do we need international observers for everything? Who goes to America, Russia, UK, Canada, Australia, etc to observe eections? This simply shows that Africa is run by thugs. That is why we cannot develop. Look at the president who is not known where he is. We cannot say he is baby sitting. He is being paid for doing nothing. He is being paid for stealing. He is being paid for violence. A muthalika you are a disgrace.

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
8 months ago

That’s what Michael Gerson terms “the soft bigotry of low expectations “. These EU guys had very low expectations of the quality of our elections all along. Now that our courts have raised the standards quite high, the EU wants nothing to do with them. Mxii!

But it would also seem that MEC never invited them this time around, insisting that the last year’s invitation still stands. Methinks MEC are really sore losers. How can they fail to see that change is surely coming?

#NotMyPresident
#NotMyPresident
8 months ago

That will be good, they are useless constituents. They rubber stamp the dirt.

chataika
chataika
8 months ago

eee let them not come and if APM wins musadzandaule ku the same international bodies kuti zisankho sizinayende bwino. Kodi mesa Saulos anawanyoza kwambiri ma observers kuti they come here for tourism ndiye mmati atani, akhoza kaya asabwere poti a malawi ena angofika pozelezeka kusowa cholankhula

Mpakaten
8 months ago

Is this news? Is there anything wrong to conduct our own election without foreigners. Are we a colony of any country. What do the observers do if I may ask? Endorsing a sitting President is what you want in my beloved country? How any Malawians have ever gone to Europe to observe their elections? We are an independent nation and we shall do things as such without foreign manipulators.

DRINKER
DRINKER
8 months ago

we don’t need them here.

Shonai
8 months ago

They already recognized Peter.The know everything about the behavior of the opposition and their pre-orgnised plans before the ellection was conducted better than ourselves.They have kept quiet and kept on assisting the government up to date.That alone speaks volumes.They aren’t fools.They would have already reprimanded Peter.They have no favour and do not take time to react when government s are mismanaging things.So we better be careful no country goes alone on election s .

Gabor
Gabor
8 months ago
Reply to  Shonai

Recognised the tippex president 😂😂😂😂 they are so funny

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