MEC proposes law to deter ‘jokers’ on presidential nomination events

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah has told a high level electoral meeting that the pollster has proposed that presidential candidates should pay their K2 million fee upfront before collecting nomination papers.

Swira: Among the time wasters on nominations events

Ansah said this during the national electoral consultative meeting which is underway in Mangochi.

This follows concerns that some people apply to be presidential candidates when they lack prerequisite qualifications.

“We feel that this law would deter jokers who come to present their papers without paying nomination fees,” she said.

Among other contesters during last week’s presentation of nomination papers, Ras Chikomeni Chirwa and Smart Swira were disqualified for failing to pay the K2 million fee among others.

Ansah also said that due to the Supreme Court ruling, MEC will open registration centres for five days to allow people who registered during the 2019 elections process transfers and obtain duplicate voter certificates.

She said the voter registration which was underway in some districts when the ruling was delivered, was suspended.

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Nabetha
Nabetha
9 months ago

kikikikikiiikikikiki aaaa AMEC Kodi mukutero? FAREWELL YIKHALA YAMTOPOLA???

Hamlet
Hamlet
9 months ago

Actually the nomination fee is too little, at K2m. It needs to be raised to K5m so that only serious candidates should contest in a presidential election. Such serious presidential candidates will then be refunded their K5m after the elections, since they will get at least the 5% of the votes needed for a refund. In this case the serious candidates will lose nothing. But the time wasters, those who get two votes or even zero per polling station, will surely not attempt to put their K5m at such a risk.

CRIMINAL FoMINDED
CRIMINAL FoMINDED
9 months ago

Waiting for you jenet Assah to resign please disgraceful woman

B Nkhani
B Nkhani
9 months ago

How about a law that also deters jokers like we currently have as MEC Commissioners?

Nematodes
9 months ago

Jane Ansah for president! Now!

Tazi
Tazi
9 months ago

There should be many bills to come in, not limited to jokers. There is also need for a bill to punish people who miss handle elections. The money you and the whole commissioners put into the drain would have been used to buy drugs in hospitals and serve lives. Tikamanene kuti Mai ndinu mfiti ndi chifukwa choti mwapha anthu ambiri omwe anayenera kupindula by now.

COVID-VISION-2020
COVID-VISION-2020
9 months ago

CHILIMA ndiuVICE president wake,zimamukhala abale inu.
Munthu ongokhalila kumbuyo kwa ena basi.A mene uja zaku state house tiiwale wapondelezeka

Yanga
Yanga
9 months ago

Change of voting date cannot be done before law amendments regarding re-run of the vote are accented to by the president. If MEC chair and commissioners want to safeguard their end of contract gratuities the best is to proceed on leave like Mary Nkosi has done. But does MEC chair and commissioners think that they are stiii credible after the upper court ruling? If none of the candidates gets 50+1 what will happen in the absence a guiding law.

Wakwithu
Wakwithu
9 months ago

That fee is against human rights to participate in a democratic process in other words they want only the rich to participate especially members of two families

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
9 months ago

“Jokers”? Look who’s talking! Ansah is herself a joke. A case of the pot calling the kettle black.

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