MEC fails to start preparation for Court sanctioned fresh election  

A commissioner at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said the pollster has not yet started preparations for the Constitutional Court sanctioned  fresh  presidential election preparations because the commissioners job hangs in the balance.

Embattled MEC commissioners
Some of PAC Committee members at the hearing of MEC Commissioners-pic by Lisa Kadango

Moffat Banda told parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC)  incompetency hearing on Tuesday in Lilongwe that the job of the commissioners depends on the outcome of the hearing he was attending.

The Constitutional Court ordered the committee to look into the competency of the commission following the court’s findings that the May 21, 2019 poll was marred with irregularities and anomalies which had been so widespread, systematic and grave that the integrity of the results had been seriously compromised.

“If I say that we have started preparations for the election, then I would be lying to the committee. We are all waiting for the outcome of this hearing,” said Banda.

He, however, said if the committee finds that the commission was competent but the Supreme Court of Appeal upholds the Constitutional Court ruling, he would not resign on matters of principle.

“Mistakes are made and mistakes are corrected so I would not resign because I have done a lot for the nation,” he said.

He however said he would personally welcome any Appeals Court ruling.

The judges ordered new elections in 150 days from February 3 2020. They also highlighted fundamental challenges that have long plagued Malawi’s first-past-the-post electoral system.

In the current commission, appointed on June 6 2016, DPP has four representatives in Jean Mathanga, Moffat Banda, the Reverend Killion Mgawi and the Reverend Clifford Baloyi while United Democratic Front (UDF) has Yahaya M’madi and Elvey Mtafu. People’s Party (PP) is represented by Linda Kunje and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Nkosi.

The Electoral Commission Act empowers the President, subject to the Constitution and in consultation with the leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly, to appoint suitably qualified persons to be members of the commission on such terms and conditions as the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament shall determine.

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Jay
Jay
9 months ago

PAC must scrutinize as ordered by the courts to define the Appointing Authority of MEC commissioners. That’s where we should start. Then Recommend to dissolve the current MEC as a constitutional requirement.

JACKSON
JACKSON
9 months ago

ndalama ndiyabwino ukayitenga kuyipa ndiyoyipa

Chimulirenji
Chimulirenji
9 months ago

There is no way these embattled commissioners can oversee another election! They are toast, done, they need to be locked up. NEW ELECTION! NEW MEC COMMISSIONERS period!

Betha wa Betha
Betha wa Betha
9 months ago

But our political parties are not helpful at all. Why do they allow DPP to have all those commissioners let alone UDF having 2 commissioners? Sure? But then the commissioners tend to forget the interest of nations due to greed. We need to examine this aspect this time around when coming up with the new commission.

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
9 months ago

Do you expect this MEC to do anything? Rather do you want them to do anything? Awawa asachitenso chilichonse. Parliament after ma enquiries should appoint an interim MEC. Iyendetse chisankho within 150 days. Appeal siyinapangidwe so ziyambe kuchitika. This MEC already said time is not on their side because they know they will do nothing.

NACHITHIDZI PALIBE
NACHITHIDZI PALIBE
9 months ago

4 dpp members + 2 udf members=6 members representing dpp and 1 pp + 1 mcp=2 members representing mcp do you think the result would have been true and fair view y having majro and minor next time dnt do this way have equal members to see if there could be incredible results mbite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chataika
chataika
9 months ago

Wopusa ndi aphungu athu they keep making noise for nothing in parliament. Selection of commissioners is constitutional so they need to revise this. Ruling party having more representatives than others is not a problem of the ruling party but parliament.

Avunsey
Avunsey
9 months ago

PAC is mum with Banda

aningo
9 months ago

chodziwikiratu ndi choti ma guys wa akuchoka…..suspend them …appoint others ayendetse chisankho….awawa ayi basi

wa Nyau
wa Nyau
9 months ago

KKKKKK kutereko MKOSI akuimila MCP?
no wonder maso ake anali pa ma benefits including PRADO.
kkkkkk koma MCP sidzatheka,mwaonatu munthu wanu

Mimba zikatola
Mimba zikatola
9 months ago
Reply to  wa Nyau

And it is MCP who is bringing the truth out of your evil people, you think this Country is for you only Lwomwes? You must be stupid! Your days are gone and you will never rule this Malawi again.

Razor chakwera
9 months ago
Reply to  Mimba zikatola

You mean MCP… Yah u r right.. Won’t rule again

Ndife
Ndife
9 months ago
Reply to  Mimba zikatola

Ruling again but in your case you never rule

Chilima
9 months ago
Reply to  wa Nyau

Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk please kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kuteloko ndi wa MCP kkkkkkk

wa Nyau
wa Nyau
9 months ago
Reply to  wa Nyau

@Mimba.which truth? truth yokuti ndimafuna kusiya koma ndimaopa kuluza prado kkkkk koma guys

Nsikidzi
Nsikidzi
9 months ago
Reply to  wa Nyau

What’s the connection I wonder?

Ineyo basi
Ineyo basi
9 months ago
Reply to  wa Nyau

kuteroko simumadziwa kuti ma commissioner amasankhidwa bwanji?iiiiii nde ndipovutatu kuti muzitsate bhobho zinthuzi

wa Nyau
wa Nyau
9 months ago
Reply to  wa Nyau

@CHILIMA=kkkkk eti aise a MCP kumutuma Mary Nkosi akawaimilile as a commissioner ,iye akukapanga za Prado ndi other personal benefits.Lero wina mkumaimbila mmanja kuti akunena chilungamo,ndi mayi wa bwino.
Pali yesu apa abale?kkkkkkk akuti abusa amenewo

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