Msowoya for Malawi electoral reforms

Speaker of Malawi parliament, Richard Msowoya has called for electoral reforms to improve the representativeness, legitimacy and inclusiveness of the electoral process and its outcomes.

Speaker Msowoya:  Electoral reforms

Speaker Msowoya: Electoral reforms

Speaking on Sunday in Mchinji at a political rally addressed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera, Msowoya, who stressed that he was speaking in his capacity as MCP vice president, said lawmakers should change the electoral laws to ensure elections are credible at every stage.

He said Malawi’s Constitution allows MPs to change laws where necessary.

“When I went to Parliament, I noticed that there are problems with how we manage our elections especially at constituency level. We must know the results of the local council and parliamentary elections before the results leave the constituencies.

“Even for the results of the President, it is important that the results at constituency level are known before those papers leave for the main tally centre in Blantyre. It is up to you MPs to bring the laws that will address these problems,” said Msowoya.

A national post election conference exposed dissatisfaction by several stakeholders with the management of the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections.

There have been calls to scrap off the first-past-the-post electoral system and other reforms aimed at improving legitimacy of the country’s election system and the credibility of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

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I like Msowoya


Pliz give us chance to vote in dispora


Msowoya remember there are three branches of government and you are suppossed to work with them professionally. The three branches or powers of government, viz are Executive headed by president , Judiciary headed by Chief Justice, and Legslature headed by the speaker. Then why are working with somebody outside these.


A Msowoya, there is no need for electoral reform in Malawi. Malawi needs people reform. People jhandling the electroral process are the ones that need reform. lack of professional integrity, corruption, no respect for rules and regulations, political patronize are the key problem areas. The electoral process and guidelines are clear but only that the bad people are managing this process.


Mphang’ombe , we can’t understand you try to write in Chichewa. You seem to be a dpp asshole.


Hon Msowoya has come up with a very good proposal which should be embraced by all concerned Malawians and MPs should sit and endorse change of our defunct election laws. I further propose the change should include a limit to terms for the MPs. If the President is limited to two terms, why not MPs. They should also not be there for life. Other people should be given chance to show their capabilities. Most constituencies are being maginalised by the life MPs who have not done or made any efforts to develop their areas other than enrich themselves.


Mphang’ombe, we can’t understand you try to write in Chichewa. You seem to be a dpp assholes.

Willie Chimseu

mr speaker,there is alot to be done with our laws not only election laws. What about recall provion and time flem for mps?

Chisomo Konyani
Msowoya has exposed his ignorance of electoral laws in this country. Election results are announced and posted at EVERY STREAM and aggregated first at every polling station. Monitors get a copy of the results at every stage . The station results are then aggregated by the CONSTITUENCY RETURNING OFFICER who announces the results at constituency level before they are sent to the National Tally Centre. MPs results are known at this level . The constituency returning officers submit their results to the DC or CEO of the council who aggregates redults of the presidential election at district level before forwarding… Read more »

JB Original ndi we womvetsa Chisoni. Anthu amalephera mayeso chofukwa chosawerenga ma ‘Instructions’. Msowoya clearly said it he was speaking as Vice President of MCP, not Speaker. In short, Msowoya is wearing two hearts at the moment. Do not forget, he is an MP.
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