President Peter Mutharika has appointed new commissioners for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) with Elvey Mtafu as only survivor reappointed .
Mutharika has also appointed more women into the electoral body.
They new commissioners include Mulhako wa Alhomwe’s influential member Jean Mathanga.
Others are Livingstonia Synod CCAP clergy Rev Clifford Baloyi and another faith leader Rev Killion Mgawi.
Also appointed as commissioners are Moffat Banda, former deputy governor of Reserve Bank of Malawi Ms Mary Nkosi, Yahaya M’madi and activist Linda Kunje.
In a statement signed by government Chief Secretary, George Mkondiwa the commissioners are to work effectively from Monday June 6.
The appointment follows the expiry of term of the commissioners on May 18 this year.
Mutharika has not retained the old commissioners, except Mtafu after an audit report by the Central Internal Audit Unit exposed fraud by MEC staff and some commissioners through, among others, dubious claims of field allowances for trips not undertaken as reported by Nyasa Times.
Justice Maxon Mbendera remains MEC chairperson and his contract expires in October.