MCP calls for Malawi poll chief to resign: Ansah defiant, says not going anywhere

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has  has called on chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  Jane Ansah  to resign for what it calls  failure by the commission to act on reports of violence and intimidation during the campaign period in Tuesday’s by-elections but she has rejected such calls, saying is not stepping down.

Ansah dismisses MCP call for her to resign

MCP spokesman  Ezekiel Ching’oma said the conduct of MEC in the by-elections held in Malindi Ward in  a NGO hi North Constituency and Milonde Ward in Mulanje South East constituency does not inspire hope that Ansah willl guide the nation to a credible 2019 Tripartite elections.

The opposition party expressed dissatisfaction with a number of irregularities and alleges that some of its monitors were chased from polling stations, a claim Ansah disputed.

In an election that saw the UDF candidate win Malindi ward and the ruling DPP winning the Milonde Ward,  MCP said it was dissatisfied with the way the whole electoral process was conducted.

The party’s Diaspora  wing has added to this call and are demanding for the immediate removal of the chairperson of the electoral body,  Ansah.

“We are calling for the immediate removal of Dr Jane Ansah at the chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission. We have no confidence in Ansah and the way the electoral commission failed to resolve some of the irregularities that were happening during the campaign period. If she could not manage to sort problems in just two wards, how can we expect her to handle the general elections next year?” reads a statement issued by Chalo Mvula,MCP diaspora wing communications director.

“We cannot allow politics of intimidation to continue and affect the electoral process. People have the right in a democracy to listen to what all political parties are saying. If there was a right time for the commission to show us its teeth and give us confidence that 2019 will be free and fair elections, then this was this time. Unfortunately, it is now clear that with Ansah at the helm, next year’s elections will be all chaos” highlighted Mvula.

The MCP diapora Wing says it is concerned that the commission is choosing to acknowledge that the electoral process faced violence and intimidation, “yet it’s going through with its process of announcing the results and even describing the process as free and fair.”

The statement said Ansah’s condemnation of the acts of “creating no go zones” are nothing if they are not to be followed up by actions.

”We are therefore demanding that she be removed from her position as we have lost confidence in her capabilities to deliver a free and fair election,” reads the statement.

However, Ansah said allegations that MEC has done nothing are not correct.

“ I and  all the commissioners have been going around to see things for ourselves and I would like to assure you that no violence has been recorded in any of our polling centres,” said Ansah during the announcement  of the by-election results.

She acknowledged receipt of complaints during the campaign period.

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santana

Wayamba kale wayamba kale!!!

Prescot Tambuli
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You are right Chagomelana, I doubt if these people will indeed make it in 2019. I think they know that they are going to face a tough opponent, that is why they want to sneak in through back door. By the way when did they know that Peter is old?

dada
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dada

kkkkkkkkkk , LUCIUS NDI WOIMBA NONSE CAN YOU FORM A SONG HERE : MCP WANTS APM TO RESIGN, MCP WANTS GOODAL TO RESIGN; MCP WANTS NANKHUMWA TO RESIGN ; MCP WANTS MBENDERA TO RESIGN; MCP WANTS NTABA TO RESIGN; MCP WANTS KASAILA TO RESIGN ; MCP WANTS CHIEF JUSTICE TO RESIGN; MCP WANTS ANSAH TO RESIGN MCP WANTSCHAPONDA TO RESIGN; MCP WANTS JB TO RESIGN; MCP WANTS KAMLEPO TO RESIGN; MCP WANTS EVERYBODY TO RESIGN; MCP WNTS YOU READERS OF THIS MESSAGE TO RESIGN; MCP WANTS DPP TO RESIGN; MCP WANTS PP AND AFFORD TO RESIGN AND MCP WANTS RO… Read more »

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

ONCE UPON A TIME, WE HAD JUSTICE ANASTASIA MSOSA . A NO NONSENSE LADY IN THE MANNER SHE CONDUCTED ELECTIONS.

Moses Chapanangaso
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Moses Chapanangaso

This MEC chair should know kuti there are so many Malawians who are neither DPP nor MCP nor UDF nor PP dedpite voting for any of them, who find violence barbaric and vagueness from those who should act against it horribly pathetic. It is very possible to be Malawian and not be a screaming fanatic of any of these parties. Komano we find denial of apparent stone age violence a mockery of our civility and an indictment of the referee’s integrity and credibility. You mean failing to stamp authority on only two Wards? Ndiye kulili general election? Anastanzia Msosa was… Read more »

Jessie
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Jessie

Chakwera should resign for having a FAKE AMERICAN accent! Bloody shameless man! Kamwa yonunkha.

chikoti
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chikoti

Lasy year UDF and DPP lost.they accepted although there were many irregularities and acts of violence .today same things have happened with MCP loss..it complains all over..who are true democracy’s between these three parties…MCP kungolowa mboma there will be no torelance I tell you.theae are not democrats from the heart..

nyasimmaso
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nyasimmaso

If the MEC head doesnt know that election process starts with campaign then she does not qualify to lead the body. We have seen credible chairpersons and non has done like what she has just done. Next year Jane expect blood to be shade as MCP will use every avenue to campaign. So if it be fighting the youth will just do that So that our president should bring the voice of hope to Malawian

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#DzukaniAmalawi

I have said this before and will say it again. Over the years politicians have been breeding and encouraging hooliganism especially amongst the youth, to fight in their corners for their political gains. From the old MCP to UDF, DPP, PP and the new MCP; they have been unable to contain the worrying trends of corruption, lawlessness, collapse of judicial system and lack of respect for rule of law. Now political parties are reaping what they sowed. Political leaders have propagated policies that bred unruly youth incapable of being employed. Unfortunatey their energy has to find an outlet leading to… Read more »

Watson
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MCP is a dirty party made up of sick minds

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