Mutharika notifies Judicial Service Commission on MEC chair appointment

State House has said President Peter Mutharika has formally informed the Judicial Service Commission on the appointment of a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) following the resignation of Jane Ansah.

Kalilani:  President Mutharika has notified the Judicial Services Commission

Presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani confirmed to Nyasa Times on Wednesday afternoon that the letter has been given to the commission as 150 days deadline sanctioned by  Constitutional Court presidential poll draws closer.

“I can confirm that  His Excellency the President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has written the Judicial Service Commission requesting it to submit  to his office names of  nominated Judges to be considered for appointment as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission,”  presidential press secretary Kalilani said.

“The communication was dispatched to the Commission through the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC)  on Tuesday the 26th of May, 2020,” he added.

After getting the notification letter, the commission, headed by the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda would select some few Supreme Court judges which will be sent to the President for the appointment.

Judiciary spokesperson Agnes Patemba said the commission can kick-start the process of selecting the MEC chairperson only after getting the notification letter.

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Kwao Kwao
1 year ago

Palibe zokuti andibela this time. Send names of your party people to be commissioners, approve the Mec chairperson. Mukaluza pano kumagopita sizoliranso

Bamusi
1 year ago

So Mgeme is our president? Why can’t he Pitala come out?

Otayo
Otayo
1 year ago

APPEARANCE OF BIAS Justice Nyirenda i would like to draw your attention to the doctrine of Bias. Following the background and events which have led to the results of 2019 Presidential Elections being quashed, the judges to be nominated for position of Chairperson of Electoral Commission must be neutral. For credibility of the upcoming elections, the Chairperson of Electoral Commission has to be a judge who was not among the panel of seven judges in the supreme court who heard the appeal cause of which the appellants were Mutharika and MEC V Chilima and Chakwera. This also applies to the… Read more »

kathawe kalembeni
kathawe kalembeni
1 year ago

the law says the Judicial Service Commission will submit a name, not names mr kalilani

Chriss
Chriss
1 year ago

I am sure someone is working behind the curtains. Where is Peter?

Kandulu
Kandulu
1 year ago
Reply to  Chriss

Peter is on strike.

C Banda
C Banda
1 year ago

“Andrew Nyirenda would select some few Supreme Court judges which will be sent to the President for the appointment.”
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The judges do not have to come from the Supreme Court. As per the Constitution,
those from the High Court can also be nominated.

Otayo
Otayo
1 year ago
Reply to  C Banda

Andrew Nyirenda is NOT JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION. There is no law which mandates Nyirenda himself as Nyirenda/Chairperson to dominate the entire Judicial Service Commission and having an upper hand of nominating judges for the position of Chairperson of Electoral Commission.

If he dares to go beyond his powers, he will be exposed and i do believe that committee knows its duties and the limits of Nyirenda.

Richie
1 year ago

That is the spokesman
Meaning on behalf of

Joni
Joni
1 year ago

Where is the president MALAWI….We did not elect Mgeme to be the one always speaking to us……He is not the president…….what is the president doing?

We may as well being ruled by Mgeme Kalirani now, who knows, the president may not be available!!!

Ndede
Ndede
1 year ago
Reply to  Joni

Do we need the President to announce a letter written to parties and judicial service commission? If not for the duty of the spoke person for the president, then the president will be a journalist. Wait for the real issues of the country during the Nationa Assebly budget meeting presentation….aaahhhaa that’s his duty to do. Maybe we may talk about challenged and success in handling the COVID 19 aaahaaa that too is his duty. Not announcing a communication from his office.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 year ago
Reply to  Joni

no we did not elect this pompous bastard.

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
1 year ago

Good format not like the way mtambo is thinking.

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