Mutharika to appoint new Malawi Electoral Commission by June 5 for fresh polls

President Peter Mutharika will in consultation will political parties appoint a new commission for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) by June 5 to   to handle preparations for the fresh presidential elections, State House has said.

Kalilani: President Mutharika will do his part as required by law.

The contract for the current commissioners expires on June 5 and its chairperson Jane Ansah has resigned.

“The President is very much aware that the contract for the current commissioners will expire on June 5. So, by that time, he will do his part as required by law,” said Presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani.

He also the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) will communicate to the Judicial Service Commission this week about the vacancy at MEC chairperson seat since the resignation of Ansah so that they could prove a new nominee to the appointing authority.

Since June of last year, Ansah has been the target of protests calling for her resignation over her handling of last year’s botched election.

However, Ansah, a judge at the Supreme Court of Appeal, said she did not bow to protesters’ demand, to avoid setting a bad precedent.

“In [the] future, if a judge is writing a judgment and you sit and there is uproar because of that judgment, and they demand that judge should resign. Should the judge resign?  And not be heard? I believe democracy must be preserved in this country at any cost and that is why I did not resign,” Ansah said.

Malawi is expected to conduct fresh elections on June 23 following the court order in February for a new poll within 150 days.

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Chinthu Chawaka Chimulirenji
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Chinthu Chawaka Chimulirenji

Mgeme start parking your bags. your time is up…. mubwelera ku TVM inu muzikawerenga Nkhani za madzulo.

Nyapakwanja
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Mgeme has grown wings, and behaves as the president himself.

Wakwithu
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Wakwithu

This Jane has wasted our time as a country!

We all knew what she did was unlawful, irregular and gross sbversion of the will of the people. The courts both Concourt and Supreme Court Of Appeal connfirmed the same

It is sad that motherland continues paying a huge cost for unacceptable conduct of such maroons. APM is at the centre of all this but believe you me his days are numbered…..

As Malawians we have chosen change and it is here to stay!

The wise Gentle Apm
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They have to get oriented, read And understand the law And guidelines ,and it’s assumed they will be in tip top shape before 23 June and run a national election kkkkk Maloto a chumba. MCP and the judges phuma.

Chejumo
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Chejumo

Chair wa MEC amasankha munthu woti ndi Judge wa Supreme Court already. It cant take them 1 month to understand the presidential and parliamentary act

mchisala
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mchisala

No issue has more clearly shown Mutharika’s disdain (dislike) for the Rule of Law than the MEC issue where Mutharika has fought the Rule of Law tooth and nail and has laid to rest any lingering doubts that may have been there about Mutharika’s ‘Zero-Respect’ for the Rule of Law!!!! That is more than enough to disqualify Mutharika from vying for the highest office on the Land!!! Can Malawians imagine anyone governing Malawi without the Rule of Law!!!!?? What would replace it???!!!— the Rule of the Jungle or Lawlessness!!!!???? It is the Rule of Law that protects everything Malawians hold… Read more »

Ideal Citizen
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Mention just one or 2 laws he has broken?

Nabanda
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Mgeme Kalilani, will you pls remind the president to remove all MEC commissioners and Secretariat as well. Remind him also to follow the right procedure of how the appointment is done, that all parties should give 3 names of their MPs…

NYAWU KING
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NYAWU KING

i think mgeme is our president now ADad is no where to be seen

Livulezi river
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Livulezi river

Kandulu ,
Jst a correction of things.
During the 1994 general elections, Mec chair was Justice Anastasia Msosa, and not Prof Brown Bizweck Chimphamba as u put it.
Rather , Prof BBC, as he was fondly called ,was the chairman of the transition committee if am not mistaken.

Ngati ndalakwitsa , ena andikonze.

CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
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CHILIMA-COVIDIOT

Ana ndi azimai ndiwomwe akufunika mmipando MALINGANA NDIZAKUMIDIMA ZOMWE ZILIPOZI
Athu muvotele DPP UDF
Osachita mistake
Kumbuyo kwa mkoko,kuli nyamata wazaka 41,yemwe anakhwima mundale kwazaka

Chilima
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Chilima

You are lost my brother. may you are one of the thieves destroying this country. Your days are numbered

Wa Nick
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Wa Nick

Olo atandipopera doom mkaka,amangwetu sindikachite zatulizo.

Ndikhetsamwazi Chakwera
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Each party nominates its representative for commisioner, that means MCP, UTM, PP,DPP,UDF,MBAKUWAKU will each send names for the president to approve. For Chairperson, The supreme court sends 3 names from its current judges without conflicts of interests and the president picks one who all parties have to have confidence in. Remember Chilima endorsing Jane Ansah before 2019 elections?. Ndiye timvane pano, ulendo uno zolira ayi!!! mumvetsetse mmene zimayendela!!

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