New MEC sworn in, to uphold Constitution as Malawi new presidential vote on June 23

The newly-appointed Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson High Court judge Dr Chifundo Kachale  have vowed to safeguard public interest and exercise professional independence after being  sworn in together with six commissioners at a ceremony that took place at the Supreme Court in Blantyre after his appointment with a new team.

Kachale the new MEC chairperson and the six other commissioners

Presiding over the ceremony, Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda advised the new MEC chairperson and his team to safeguard the will of the people.

Nyirenda said as a nation, Malawians seek to be informed on credible electoral processes and that credibility starts with the personal credibility of the MEC chairperson and ultimately the collective credibility of the commission.

He said the oaths that MEC commissioners took required credibility, integrity and trustworthiness.

“You will be expected to manage your personal zeal and embrace common good. On elections, we chose the path of democracy, elections are essential to that process, they can make and unmake a nation,” he said.

Nyirenda said Kachale and other six commissioner will no doubt wield vast powers over elections.

“These vast powers can be used or abused, but you must always be personally reminded that your loyalty is to the Constitution, the State and the public interest; never to a specific individual,” he said.

The Chief Justice  said the oath is a promise to Malawians that they can be trusted in the process of managing the elections.

“Safeguard the political will and choice of our people,” he said.

Nyirenda added: “We are a nation that seeks to be founded on credible electoral process which starts with your personal and ultimately the collective of the commission.”

He also urged the Commissioners to ensure that the grasp the electoral laws.

“Read these documents [the Constitution and electoral laws] and be familiar with them, in that way you’ll be well informed about your role.”

Kachale pledged to uphold the Constitution in conducting his duties without fear and favour.

He said the new MEC team is planning to meet on Wednesday with the management to be briefed on the state of preparedness of the fresh presidential elections slated for June 23.

“Thereafter, we will brief the media within the next two days as to what do we have to execute the plans that have been committed to us as a new electoral commission,” explained said Kachale, who has a strong academic legal background, a PhD from the University of London School of African Studies (SOAS), and he has written on judicial activism and inactivism.

President Peter Mutharika has been forced to appoint a new chairman of MEC after his predecessor Jane Ansah, a Supreme Court of Appeals judge was declared incompetent by both the Constitutional and Appeals Court.

Malawi will go to the polls on June 23, a week earlier than initially ordered by the courts, which annulled President Mutharika’s narrow election victory last year due to irregularities.

The Constitutional Court ruled on Feb. 3 that a fresh presidential election be held within 150 days after citing “widespread, systematic and grave” irregularities when it annulled the vote that returned Mutharika to power.

The initial date was July 2.

But opposition members of Parliament on Tuesday passed a resolution setting the June 23 date, to the surprise of the government side which had hoped for a vote through Constitutional amendments.

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Tea Grower Thyolo
Tea Grower Thyolo
8 months ago

HRDC where are you?

Mthetwa
8 months ago

True but remember it was MEC who proposes this date not the opposition. I remember former MEC chairperson Jane Assah and AG Kaphale told the legal affairs committee about this date

Amadeus
Amadeus
8 months ago

Did Jane Ansah promise to uphold the constitution when she was being sworn in?? I really wonder 🤔🤔🤔🤔

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
8 months ago

But as someone who doesn’t know the law this move by the opposition members I know that every Malawian of good will needs election like yesterday for the country to start moving forward but this will not gonna have any legal challenges. Pliz anyone who is in the know explain to us laymen.

Yotu
8 months ago
Reply to  Keen Observer

The opposition has used illegal means to bring about elections. They have corrupt judges who are backing them in the courts so one wouldn’t be surprised if they planned this with some of the corrupt judges. The behaviour of the opposition is going to plunge this country into chaos and conflict.

Mmalawi
Mmalawi
8 months ago
Reply to  Yotu

Sunati

Joni
Joni
8 months ago
Reply to  Yotu

It is vice versa….Mpinganjira tried to bribe our judges…..was he doing it for opposition….you know it…so who is corrupt…the current govt….

mtete
mtete
8 months ago
Reply to  Yotu

You mean all the twelve judges are corrupt? Impossible. Mpinganjira tried but miserably failed.

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