MCP decides to end Parliament boycott, still push for Malawi electoral reforms bill

Members of Parliament (MPs) from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Tuesday decided to end the boycott of the parliament after government promised to table Electoral Reforms Bill in earnest.

MCP legislators in the House

MCP led by its president who is also Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera Monday afternoon walked out of the House in protest against the missing of the Electoral Reforms Bill on the day’s Order Paper as promised by government.

Chakwera accused government of lacking seriousness by neglecting the promises it made on the inclusion of the Electoral Reforms Bills on the Order Paper—an outline of the day’s business in the National Assembly.

“Until the Electoral Reforms Bills appear on the Order Paper, we [MCP] will not come back to the House. This is not right and time is running out,” said Chakwera.

Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa informed the Business Committee, which comprises leaders of the parties represented in Parliament and is chaired by the Speaker, that government will start tabling the bills.

The opposition, civil society and Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a quasi-religious organisations, are pushing government of President Peter Mutharika on the enactment of the Electoral Reforms Bills, including the provision of 50+1 proposal of electing the President to replace the much-maligned First-Past-the-Post.

The Law Commission recommended the following Bills collectively called Electoral Reforms Bills: Constitution (Amendment), Electoral Commission (Amendment), Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act (PPEA) and Local Government Elections Act, Assumption of the Office of President (Transitional Arrangement) and Referendum.

The most contentious of the Bills relate to the amendment of Section 80 (2) of the Constitution and Section 96 (5) of the PPE Act to provide for a change of the electoral system from a simple majority to a majority of more than 50 percent in the presidential race.

The Electoral Commission (Amendment) Bill as proposed by the Special Law Commission recommended the enactment of the Elections Management Fund to ensure Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is financially autonomous.

It also proposed changes in the appointment of the MEC chairperson as well as composition of the commissioners.

The Referendum Bill, on the other hand, aims to introduce legislation on how to conduct a referendum as one does not exist currently.

The Assumption of the Office of President (Transitional Arrangement) proposes amendment to the Constitution to allow that swearing in of President and Vice-President be done after 30 days not within 30 days as prescribed in Section 81 (3) of the Constitution

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Gogodasi
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Kapolo Kambani, you don’t understand the dynamics of Malawi;s politics. Since multiparty dispensation the middle class has the power to influence voters in the rural areas. In other words, villagers on their own are not able to make an informed decision, but follow what you and me will tell them and they take the message very seriously. So if you ignore what is being written on this forum , you are lost completely and you will see come 2019.

Gloria
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Muonjezere Age Limit & 2 – 5year Terms Of Service For President, Ministers & MPs. Osamangokakamira M’parliament Nkhalamba Zotha Mano Mkamwa Kumakanika Kuyenda Mpaka Kuyenda Ndi Ndodo Wa Ku Parliament Ayi. Give Room To The Youth!

Mkandawire
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Hahaha MCP manyazi bwaa! Chimene mumatulukiracho ndiye chachitika? Desperate fools you are. Pathetic attention seekers. With your foolish 50+1 thing, MCP should forget of ruling this country for ever. Do you think the people who voted for DPP and made it win from outside government are dead? Tilipobetu. And that time, Katsonga, Mzomera, Msonda, Chimunthu, Kutsaira, UDF,PP etc etc were not for DPP. Now we have made more inroads all over Malawi than ever before. DPP shall win 2019 regardless of the electrol system that shall be used. Of all parties, can a sane person really vote for the bloody… Read more »
Mhesha
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Word

Omex70
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Nachisale , you are cheating your self. If you don’t see that the writing is on the wall, then you have a serious problem with your reasoning capacity. MCP is winning come 2019 because this is the party which shows that it her the welfare of Malawians at heart.

Chimwana Ngoma
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one thing DPP should bear in mind is that it is not good loosing innocent blood as it happened in the past. Avoid DEMONSTRATIONS BY bringing the bill to parliament. Accept the defeat (A Malawi siyimafuna kubweredza zoipa zomwe tinaziona ) Please learn from Zimbabwe

MANGANYA
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IN MY OPINION, Malawi is not ready for this 2nd-round electral system refered to as 50%+1 . Its costly and has more implications than the FPTP we are using now. We all want the same a good Malawi for all and it can not start with this 50+1 sellout. WE HAVE MORE PROBLEMS TO SOLVE

Mhesha
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Word

john
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If 50%+1 is expensive, why did we have multiparty. Then let’s go back to one party system with MCP as ruling party. Who said multiparty is cheap. 50% is good bcoz it will encourage collective governance unlike the present system which just encourages nepotism.

Toka
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Well done my MCP MPs. U have fought a winning battle as dpp has accepted to table the bill. It’s a known fact that they are afraid of 50+1 coz akudziwa kale kuti dpp ulendo uno wawoyo sangapeze not even 30%.
Dr. Chakwera, Malawi is more than ready to give u 60% come 2019.

Kapolo Kambani
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Which Malawi will give him 60% come 2019? You are cheating yourself. Lets wait and see. Nobody will get more than 50% neither Peter nor Lazaro.

Hatton
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Boycot ya 3 hours basi. Ma allowance awakodolera Ku parliament a kongilesi. Akanatani a leader of opposition. Ma project aima m’maulamu.
Well done leader of opposition. Komatu mukalandira ma allowance anuwo musayambenso za ulukhu zanuzo.

Kaitano
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Zako izo hahahahaha muva kuwawa ndipo muphulika, we are pushing until something happen for Malawians, muzichita zimenezo kwanu komweko not ku Malawi kuno. I will be following you.
We want new Malawi for Malawians osati za unve ndi unkhutukuve wanuwu!!

M\'Malawi Waku Mudzi
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MCP that was job well done. This confused DPP led government, is really taking Malawians for granted. It’s high time you teach them a lesson that Malawians are tired of their thieving(Prince of thieves) . This DPP (DISORGANISED PEOPLES’ PARTY) party is not for Malawians but for the few retired old people to enjoy stealing from poor Malawians. DPP watch your STEPS. If Kaliati has left your party, that tells you that all is not well withyour failed DPP. Grace Chiumia watch and guard your foul mouth, otherwise it will haunt you for the rest of your life, if your… Read more »
Kaitano
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Hahahahaahaha Point taken, inu ndi mMalawi eti?
Lets keep the fire burning until Malawi turn and or becomes our home not a den of Lions!
Be blessed

Kajilirwe
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Wow. Good post. Grace Obama will live to regret the rest of your life. Ise mafumu kuno ku Mzenga, Lukalazi, Kaboko, Lusangazi, Geisha, etc tizamukuvotera Cha ise. Utiti chitisya Soni. Ukuja wuli kwanja ndalama viyo? Kwenga anyinu. Love your people not money.

Nachisale
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Ha! Ha! Ha! Complete charlatans. 50+1 is USELESS. MCP should focus on real issues instead of cheap politicking. People need medicine, good schools and roads etc. how dare you focus on 50+1 an issue that is a NON-STARTER. We are watching you MCP MPs. Come 2019, we will vote you out.

akle
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usamale..mcp boma

FREEMAN
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wake up ur gvt its still sleeping to provide them,cause they already know but sleeping

Alinafe Phiri
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Ukunamatu,zimenezo uziuza amphungu a DPP,MCP ulendo uno amphungu adzafika 110,mark my words.Boma la Mthalika palipano palibe angalikonde ndipo musamaminamize ayi.

Kapolo Kambani
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110 from where? kikikikikikikik. You don’t know politics. You are talking about paper politics. What you are writing here anthu a kumudzi omwe anavotera DPP sakudziwona ndi kumva. Remember DPP is working underground at grassroot level while you are wasting time talking about 50+1. DPP is clever, the bills will pass, DPP initiated them and they will pass them. Keep on wasting time. Those who have
ears should hear this.

Molere
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You are failing to provide them. Ukunama we are voting more MCP MPs . Wait and see

Hatton
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Welcome back into the chamber Hon Dzoole Mwale. Next time osamatsatila kutuluka m’parliament potsatira ma amateurs oti ndikoyamba kukhala phungu Ku nyumba ya malamulo. Ife timadalira inu a Dzoole Mwale pamodzi ndi a Njobvuyalema. Osamangotsatira ziri zonse. You are veterans and we respect you. Enawo mudziwaphunzitsa za mu nyumba ya malamulo.

Kaitano
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Hahahahaha he is there President don’t you know? They had to follow him just like you following your Bububu mpanda dzibwano kikkkkkkk zako izo ife tilipambuyo pa kusintha zinthu in Malawi.
I cant wait!!!

Chief
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You people can you compare the money which has been wasted through corruption, gensets and so forth yet there are no medicines in hospitals. How do you qualify 50 + 1 to be expensive when you have not tried it? Indeed all along I thought people just didn’t like DPP but now I can see. Interconnection is an answer to blackouts. Hon. Mhone of PP had to direct the whole cabinet on interconnection. Now they have to go to the cheaper route of interconnection where were they and what made them to go to genset stealing basi. Mhone hoooyeee good… Read more »
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