Malawi wanted a trusted pollster: Kachale’s MEC is giving hope 

Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale inherited a Justice Dr Jane Mayemu  Ansah Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) that, in all intents and purposes, represented what is terribly wrong with the country’s key governance institutions.

Dr Chifundo Kacahle: Inspiring confidence

From the time Ansah took over MEC from the departed Justice Maxon Mbendera, public trust in MEC was already wobbling.

Mbendera’s MEC wasn’t forthright in how it managed the 2014 Tripartite Elections—so much that many, in the public, questioned the authenticity of the results that saw Peter Mutharika carrying the day against Joyce Banda.

In other words, as she was coming in, Justice Ansah was well aware that she was about to run an institution that, already, had trust issues with the public.

Unfortunately, taking it from how she managed the 2019 Tripartite Elections and subsequent court battles that saw the nullification of the presidential resulting in calls for fresh elections, Justice Ansah only worsened the trust issues the public had with MEC.

In the heat of things from the general public, Ansah became increasingly arrogant and out of touch with real issues that Malawians wanted from the MEC she was leading.

Consequently, with Ansah on the lead, MEC turned into a monster of an institution—lacking transparency and accountability, involved in shady financial deals, completely detached and, truth be told, a burden to the taxpayer.

That is the MEC that Justice Kachale took over from Ansah who, at her arrogance end, humbled herself by resigning.

However, it is interesting how Justice Kachale appear to spearheading change at MEC at a critical period of time.

His departure point has always been defining MEC as an institution that manages the will of the people; as such, those with power to run it should do so with that realization.

We have seen how, in two weeks, MEC is becoming more people-friendly through interesting transparent measures from Justice Kachale.

On issues of delayed financing, we have seen how Justice Kachale has been all out engaging various offices and making it clear that elections are a will of people and they must be held.

Further, we have seen how Justice Kachale has been steadfast in updating the public regarding every move the commission is making—this has helped curb speculation and rumors.

Perhaps for the first time in the history of elections in this country, more Malawians are steadily involved in the art of managing elections.

For instance, Malawians, today, are able to be part of tracing the plane carrying the ballot papers and delivery of  the same to districts—this is good governance.

We believe in the coming days, Justice Kachale will scale transparent and accountable leadership he has brought to the commission because this is the source of trust that Malawians must always have in their key governance institutions.

You have started well Justice Kachale; please don’t fall to the wayside.

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[…] Chifundo Kachale, the new election commissioner tasked with managing the election, was only appointed two weeks ago. Voting ballots printed abroad only arrived in the country on Friday. […]

Disappointed Citizen
Disappointed Citizen
8 months ago

MEC is rotten to the core!!! Monitors list messed up by MEC for cadets to rig. Rigging starting today Monday.

Mtsogoleri opanda mano
Mtsogoleri opanda mano
8 months ago

That is true. The problem is that MEC monitors are DPP cadets. MEC can never be trusted.

Malawi belong to the citizens

He has started well.

Wait
8 months ago

Let’s wait after tonse alliance looses. Kachale wilt turn to be bad. Another foolish mtambo will emerge

Mtsogoleri opanda mano
Mtsogoleri opanda mano
8 months ago
Reply to  Wait

This is a Holy war and God is on the side of Tonse Alliance. DPP depends on rigging and MEC monitors caught in the rigging scandal will be persecuted. What has happened in Malawi will never happen again in 100 years and God has allowed it to happen for a reason. The problem is that DPP can’t read the writing on the wall. Your time is up!

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
8 months ago

Una mahala kwambiri God will bless you for the good observations in your commentary

Gokwe
Gokwe
8 months ago

Mathanga ndi wa sweet talk osamvera ayi amatumidwa ndi pitala

Kwacha
Kwacha
8 months ago

He is a breathe of fresh air!

FORGIVE THEM
FORGIVE THEM
8 months ago

Ambuye odziwa za muntima,mwatisankhira kale Dr Lazarus Chakwera kuti ndi president wathu, My fellow Malawians, realize this,when mcp lost in 2014,GOD set in motion events that were needed to put Chakwera in that position, Last year’s elections if Chakwera had been declared winer,this country could still be divided,but God used Jane the way he used Pharaoh to show HIS power,by declaring Peter the winer so that we can vote again and this time around the president will be voted by the majority, there will be no Lomwe,no Cheese,no Yao,no Tumbuka,no Tonga,but Malawians as a United Nations,this has been made possible… Read more »

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
8 months ago

Mulira kachikenanso

Phwisa
Phwisa
8 months ago

Can this idiot you call Kacuale really conducts elections with no irregularities. Really?

Chiga
Chiga
8 months ago

Those of us that believe in God and prayer need to pray for Dr Kachale and the new MEC. Had Eve and Adam successfully resisted the temptations of Satan, mankind would have been spared death itself. I commend the Concourt judges for successfully resisting Satan’s temptations to bribery. This is tricky and is where justice Ansah just like madam Eve failed to say no to Satan’s temptations. Just like Eves failure has led to much human tragedy so Ansahs failure to resist Satan has led to much suffering for Malawians. Dr Kachales and his commissions successful resistance to Satan’s tantalizing… Read more »

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