MEC Chief Elections Officer Alfandika resigns

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), which is currently embroiled in management issues bordering on political disagreements with its stakeholders, has just been hit with the resignation of its Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika.

A statement from MEC chairperson, Justice Chifundo Kachale, SC did not indicate reasons of resignation of this high-ranking electoral officer — only indicated that they received Alfandika’s notice of resignation on Monday, April 26.

Justice Kachale said Alfandika has “already proceeded on his accrued annual leave pending the effective operation of the resignation [and] in the meantime, the Commission shall be meeting to discuss the relevant modalities for filling the vacancy arising from this development, bearing in mind the critical role of this office in the effective discharge of our business at all levels”.

The chief elections officer Sam Alfandika: gone

Kachale also announced that MEC has been formally notified that Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje applied for and were granted an injunction against the decision to rescind their appointments as MEC Commissioners and as they await commencement of their judicial review proceedings the two are effectively back into operation.

“The effect of that court order is to suspend the decision to rescind the two Commissioners’ appointments until the conclusion of the Judicial Review Proceedings or a further order of the Court on this matter,” Kachale said.

“This, therefore, means that our composition reverts to what it was prior to the delivery of those letters on 12th April 2021. In view of this development the Commission may competently resume the regular discharge of its constitutional and statutory functions.

“Meanwhile, the Commission shall convene a formal meeting within the next week to deliberate upon the next appropriate steps in view of this development.

“Thereafter, the Commission will issue a Revised Calendar of Events outlining the implementation of its activities which were suspended by operation of the law.”

Soon after the rescission of the two Commissioners contracts, Kachale announced that upon consultation with the Attorney General, Chikosa Silungwe, the remaining MEC membership is no longer in compliance with section 75 (1) of the Constitution.

He had sought the legal opinion from Silungwe asking whether MEC’s reduced composition was adequate for purposes of discharging its functions or exercising its powers.

Kachale sought the legal opinion since MEC was in the process of direct engagements with political party leaders in the course of implementing the boundaries review and delimitation program under its constitutional mandate.

He announced that Silungwe advised that “the effect of the rescission of the appointment of the two Commissioners was that the membership of the Commission was no longer in compliance with section 75 (1) of the Constitution”.

“The Commission has been further advised that the remaining members of the Commission should not continue discharging any duties or powers of the Commission until section 75 (1) of the Constitution has been complied with.

“In view of this development and advice, the Commission has henceforth no legal authority or basis to continue implementing its activities which become suspended by operation of the law until further notice.

“The immediate practical implication is that the program of engagement with political party leaders and the entire boundary review and delimitation programme is likewise suspended, pending the resolution of the current legal quagmire surrounding the composition of the Electoral Commission by the relevant authorities,” Kachale had said.

On April 19, the High Court in Blantyre granted court injunction stopping President Lazarus Chakwera’s government from rescinding Mathanga and Kunje’s appointments and that “the application for Judicial Review be made to a Judge in open Court and that the hearing be heard promptly”.

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Vilekeke
Vilekeke
13 days ago

International observers certified The Tippexed, Fraudlent Election, that says a lot about the stupid international observers hahahahahahahaha

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
14 days ago

I don’t think that he will be missed at MEC. He is an in & out Cadet.

Last edited 14 days ago by Keen Observer
Kuganiza
Kuganiza
14 days ago

Good riddance, we will not miss him. Kapande kwao!!!!

Nyirenda Tobious
Nyirenda Tobious
14 days ago

Go well, we won’t miss those DPP gurus(cadets). Resigning is Bec they have discovered that there’s no room for corruption in this current govt.. usova

MCP Diehard
MCP Diehard
14 days ago

We need new MEC chair too. This one is messy!

Last edited 14 days ago by MCP Diehard
nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
14 days ago

malaya athina
. amati afika nazo patipo. ayamba kukanukana.kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. ali ndi mwai ikanawapha heart attack thukuta ankacuca mu januaru / last year. kukhala ngati ukukanika kuphwisa pakati pa apingozi ako.
more will follow you. the heat is on

Kamchiputu
14 days ago

I am happy for you my brother. Whe n you have what it taken, no one can stop from realising dreams. Enjoy your new UN job in Afghanistan.

Zoona zenizeni
Zoona zenizeni
14 days ago

Jungle justice. Chief secretary said the two commissioners were adjudged. I dont remember any court being moved on the competence of commissioners. According to the rule of law for somebody to be adjudged one needs to be held before a judgement is made.

Time Changes, be dynamic
Time Changes, be dynamic
14 days ago

Go thee well. Good riddance. Malawi belongs to tribes from Nsanje to Chitipa, Nkhotakota to Mchinji. Your name is very painful to hear of.

Wachambo
Wachambo
14 days ago

In fact he should have resigned immediately after the Supreme Court ruling. The Chief Election Officer (CEO) was the one incompetent and the MEC Secretariat did not guide the Commissioners on tipex. I place the blame on CEO.

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