MEC suspends operations as Attorney General faults firing of Kunje, Mathanga

Attorney General Chikosa Silongwe has said with firing of two Commissioners of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Linda Kunje and Jean Mathanga, there is no Electoral Commission and has since advised the remaining Commissioners to stop discharging any duties.

Silungwe’ says one of the consequences of the rescission is that there is no Commission in accordance with the Country’s Constitution.

Government fired Kunje and Mathanga on the premise that they were adjudged incompetent by the Supreme Court of Appeal in the Presidential Elections Case.

Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi, said following the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the two Commissioners’ appointment was rendered defective and did not qualify for re-appointment.

But in a memo to MEC Chairperson, Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale, Silungwe stated that one of the consequences of the rescission is that there is no Commission in accordance with the Country’s Constitution.

“One of the effects of the rescission of the appointment of the two Commissioners is that there is no Electoral Commission in accordance with section 75(1) of the Constitution.

“My advice is that the remaining members of your cohort should not discharge any duty or power of the Electoral Commission under the Constitution or an Act of Parliament until section 75(1) of the Constitution has been complied with” states Silungwe.

Section 75(1) of the Constitution says “there shall be an Electoral Commission which shall consist Commission of a Chairman who shall be a judge nominated in that behalf by the Judicial Service Commission and such other members , not being less than six, as may be appointed in accordance with an Act of Parliament.”

Kunje and Mathanga were part of the MEC Commissioners, who administered the May 21 Presidential poll being being nullified by the High Court sitting as the Constitution Court.

Meanwhile, the MEC, in line with Silungwe’s advice, has suspended it’s operations until further notice.

The development has occurred at a time when the Commission 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.

“In view of this development and advice, the Commission has henceforth no legal authority or basis to continue implementing its activities which bcome 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.

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nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
23 days ago

ko.a nde ku Mw kuno anthu odziwa ncito yomwe amagwila linda ndi jini palibeso wina angaithe kotelo kuti awiliwa kucotsedwa basi dziko latha.
Whores

Let
Let
23 days ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

Your mother is a whore.

kamwendomnjira
kamwendomnjira
23 days ago

The difficult but obvious question is; From which date are the two incompetent to run or administer elections in Malawi? shame.

Tman
23 days ago

Malume kwantele basino.Mupitatu ngati khanda.Lupanga lomwe umayesa nalo mzako lomwelo limakupweteka

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
24 days ago

Mapwevupwevu government full of idiots. Digging their own grave. Some of us knew these can’t take Malawi to Canaan. He abrogated God’s call so how can you expect him to deliver? He is being punished for his sins and brace for more chaos!

Atuganire
Atuganire
24 days ago

Abale ndi nlhondo ndipo nkhondo ndi anansi. Tilira ngati njuchi ndithudi. Basi, a Chilima’s akhale a President a Vice awo akhale a Chimulirenji. Zabalansstu. Biyeni, muzikawalemekezatu a Dzonziwo sipaja mumadya ukrastia…

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
23 days ago
Reply to  Atuganire

cimwililenji ai. kulalata amene aja . oodzera waja ai

B banda
24 days ago

Esshhh what does it mean now? Silungwe is telling us that the government didn’t know this quence quence ? So what next now? So Muthalika and DPPITISER knew all these nonsense?

Tman
23 days ago
Reply to  B banda

Respect APM ,a great man of wisdom & integrity,kwantele afuna Ku bibidwa

Nyama zawo
Nyama zawo
24 days ago

Lets not waste our time. The AGs advice is faulty. Just wait and see. If you many comments in support of the AG’s advice, just know that DPP guys are celebrated the uncelebrated.

Nicholas
24 days ago
Reply to  Nyama zawo

Ife a DPP zinthu sizikuyenda what a waste of time

Mwatero
Mwatero
24 days ago

Let’s wait for the outcome, the set precedence. Pheee kumastand.

Assange WikiLeaks
24 days ago

Mutharika is to blame for messing the country. Very stubborn idiot who never listened to anybody thinking he was like Solomon the wisest king.

Tman
23 days ago

Blame it on Kwantele ,APM played his trap & kwantele Ali mmadzi

Chigo
Chigo
24 days ago

Nkhondo iripo,! DPP ndi Peter Mtalika anapanga dala izi, kuyesa malamulo, ndikubweretsa chisokonezo.

Tman
23 days ago
Reply to  Chigo

Anzeru aku mmawa,mmacheza

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