Mutharika writes parties to submit names for new Malawi Electoral Commission

President Peter Mutharika has asked political parties to submit names of their nominated members to be considered for appointment as commissioners at Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani has confirmed to Nyasa Times.

Mutharika wirtes political parties to submit names

Kalilani said the President will appoint new commissioners by June 5, the day on which the contract for the current commissioners expires,

“I can also confirm that President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika  has written political parties entitled to nominating members of the Electoral Commission, asking them to submit names of individuals to be considered for appointment as members of the Electoral Commission,” Kalilani said.

“The President has informed the political parties that the names of the nominees should reach his office  at least before the end of this month of May, 2020.,” he added.

According to Kalilani, the communication to the entitled political parties was dispatched on  Tuesday , May 26 2020.

Section 4 (1) of the Electoral Commission Act mandates the President to appoint commissioners in consultation with leaders of political parties.

It reads: “(1) The President shall, subject to the Constitution and in consultation with the leaders of the political parties represented in the National Assembly, appoint suitably qualified persons to be members of the commission on such terms and conditions as the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament shall determine.

“(3) A member of the commission may resign from his office at any time by notice in writing to the President.”

Kalilani  also disclosed that  President Mutharika through the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) has  communicated to the Judicial Service Commission about the stepping aside of MEC chairperson Jane Ansah.

Malawians will vote in a fresh presidential poll  tentatively set on June 23 after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Constitutional Court to nullify the May 21 2019 presidential election due to massive irregularities.

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mchisala
mchisala
8 months ago

Under employment law, once proven to be indeed incompetent the Employer (or Appointing Authority) can terminate your employment ‘on the spot’ because you got your employment under false pretenses (that you had the required competencies for the job when you did not)!! I assume the old man does not know this!!!

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

Ndifuse nao. kodi pano tayamba kulamulidwa mu dziko muno ndi mgeme kalilani?
nde plesdent tsopano?
kufusa nao hetinitu

Joloza
9 months ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

Ndinu opusa. Simudziwa Kuti Mgeme NDI press officer wa president. NDI ntchito yake kufotokozera dziko zimene president akuchita. Uziganiza ngati Uli NDI ubongo wamva

BigMan
BigMan
9 months ago

I doubt Mutharika wrote anything, the man is clearly in poor shape.

Namulondola
9 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

Better go to school. What do you think is the work of his office or I should say office of the president? The president only sign. Ask those in big office they will teach you ignoramus,

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago

Who did the writing, kikikikiiiiiiii?

Mr Truth Pains
9 months ago

Mr president u are very slow in taking action as this has resulted to decampaign u . Through public court people have made up their mind that you are scared of new election that’s why u were clinging to this panel of commissioners in order to help u survive the coming fresh Election. But all in all well done that u have accepted the resignation of Jane Ansah and heed to supreme Court ruling and new commissioners should come in indeed. Just negotiate for smooth hand over and exist from your seat Mr president, izi ndi zolekerana basi just move… Read more »

DPP Handed Back To UDF
9 months ago

I hope the don’t get palm oiled by the K11 Billion that Mulli and Kaphale have stolen from us. We want a better Malawi and that will be good for our children.

Noxy
9 months ago

APM doing his job perfectly

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago
Reply to  Noxy

Which one?

Jane Ansah the iron lady

Muntharika ndi amuna. Each party sends its own commissioners, anthu mumvetsetse, Osamalira Pa mawa. Kuluza kukuza basi. Blaine za andibele

Kandulu
Kandulu
9 months ago

Who is really governing Malawi at the moment?

Joloza
9 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

The one you are crying to to appoint new commissioners is the one leading. Ask Chakwera to appoint commissioners and see if he is going to do it.

Lego
9 months ago

This time we don’t want compromised commissioners.We want commissioners of good will not the likes of Kunje and co.

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