No fresh elections on May 19: Malawi’s president Mutharika rejects electoral bills

President Peter Mutharika has refused to assent to Electoral Bills recently passed in Parliament setting fresh elections on May 19 , a source in the Office of President and Cabinet has told Nyasa Times.

Malawi’s parliament in February passed the electoral reforms bills, which paves the way for fresh elections after on February 3, the High Court sitting in Lilongwe as the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) annulled the presidential election, saying they were marred by a plethora of irregularities, which saw Mutharika re-elected.

The court therefore ordered Parliament to make provisions for holding of fresh presidential election within 150 days.

Parliament passed the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Amendment Bill which has set fresh elections to be held on May 19. The Bill also provides for the holding a run-off election 30 days later if no candidate gets 50%+1 of the votes cast.

Since the President has refused to assent to the bills, the bills will be taken back to parliament where they will be debated and passed and the Head of State will have no choice but to assent after 21 days.

Sources close to the president say Mutharika is waiting for a Supreme Court ruling on the election case before making decision on the bills.

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Malawi belong to the citizens

Then cardiac arrest is near

Khwinda
Khwinda
8 months ago

Awa akupanga ndale za chikuwawe koma tingoti pheeee tione. Paja mkulu wake ujanso anayamba ugonthi kenako anatola odusa chikwama, uyu sizimuthera bwino ndipo nsinaone chimunthu chombwambwana ngati ichi mxii

Kandulu
Kandulu
8 months ago

Someone is too thirsty for Malawians blood. And he will so everything to shed it.

CRIMINAL MINDED
CRIMINAL MINDED
8 months ago

Eregal president exercising his regal power ?? Loooo Nyasaland wabvunda ndi ma old professor , corrupted with the power kkkkkk

Moyenda
Moyenda
8 months ago

Read the constitution well, the president has powers to assent or not to assent the bill.

Mina
Mina
8 months ago

Tiziona mathero bwana Mutharika tiyeninazo izi ndi ndale chabe Za Jane Ansah ndi MEC mukakana kuwacuotsa zisanafikenso ku parliament ndale Za tippex a profesa zukukhalani ndi nthawi yanu.

Atsogoleri
Atsogoleri
8 months ago

SHEEEEE!!!! BUT! THERE IS A POINT

Mga
Mga
8 months ago

He has the right…Yes…but not to act or behave selfishly. He must exercise that right in the best interest of the citizens.

Kute
Kute
8 months ago
Reply to  Mga

He has a constitutional right to assent or NOT to assent. There is nothing selfish about this. Actually, the points he has raised are SPOT on.

Chilipa Thako
8 months ago

Corona virus pamene paja mayiko ndikudzangopanga cancel zisankho chaka chino mpaka 2023/24 ine phee ndikuonera film

Mwene
Mwene
8 months ago

This man being a Mtchona doesn’t know Malawians. After all it 62% vs 38% you will Live to Regret your incompetence. Shortly you will be Trimmed to Size. Good bye!!!!

Joloza
8 months ago
Reply to  Mwene

Masamu a pa calculator amenewo bwana. Opposition ikumva kuwawa Amazon’s ngati APM ndiwamantha. Muisova. NDI professor wa law.

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