Not this MEC! Catholic Commission casts doubt about credible Malawi fresh elections

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Karonga Diocese has cast doubt over the current Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) credibility to hold free, fair and credible fresh Presidential elections slated for July 2 if the current tensed up political situation is not contained.

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The influential social justice and peace Catholic institution made the observations through a statement released on Tuesday and signed by the Diocese’s Desk Officer Louis Nkhata after noting a continued waves of attacks of party monitors and recent arson torching of cars and offices of other political parties.

The statement says since results of the 2019 polls were announced, the country’s political environment has not been stable, saying violent demonstrations, court cases coupled with social disturbances such as bloodsucking myths and rumours that have left some people dead and the resurfacing of the attacks on persons with albinism ahead of the elections are concerns yet to be addressed. 

“The current political situation in Malawi is not healthy to hold free, fair, peaceful and credible elections. There is need for electoral stakeholders at national and local level to engage each other under the direction of MEC and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs such as CCJP to maintain peace, political tolerance and social cohesion,” said Nkhata in the statement.

The statement further blames the alleged existence of the untrusted commissioners at MEC as the main bone of contention, saying elections are emotive undertakings that require stakeholders to have trust in the Election Management Body and ultimately the country’s leadership holds the key to unlock this political puzzle.   

Added the statement: “The urgent remedy to the defects and deficiencies rocking the ongoing voter registration process is critical to ensuring a credible fresh election. Real time responding to the observed challenges by MEC and National Registration Bureau (NRB) in districts where there are verified reports of minors registering to vote”.

In an interview, a Zomba based political analyst Mustapha Hussein concurred with CCJP saying, if the evidence tendered in the Constitutional Court is anything to go by, then there is no need to entrust the same Commission to conduct fresh Presidential elections having failed to legally manage the 2019 polls.

“For MEC to win back the lost trust, Commissioners could have paved way for others to come in and run the affairs. And again, rumours of minors registering in the voters’ register and the absence of security agents in registration centres in phase two seems like a plot to rig elections which again raises eyebrows and obviously, it will be hard for candidates to accept results,” Hussein said.

However, MEC Chairperson Justice Dr. Jane Ansah has maintained that the Commission has the capacity to professionally manage the fresh Presidential elections in a free, fair and credible manner and has since assured candidates and political party leaders that MEC will screen the voters register if minors by revisiting all problematic areas that have been flagged to have registered minors.

“We shall invite all new registrants to registration centres that have been flagged to have registered minors to verify their eligibility in terms of age and will strike everyone off should they not satisfy the age limit,” Ansah told journalists on Tuesday.

 

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Mtete
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Mtete

For those advising that the Catholic Church should concentrate on preaching the word of God, I challenge them to state what the word of God is. Don’t they say you should love your neighbor as you love yourself. Regrettably DPP just loves itself.
And remember, a Human being is Body and Soul. Further, you cannot take care of one aspect of man’s being and leave the other. I therefore see nothing wrong with the Catholic Church expressing concern at what may ultimately harm body and soul.

Angozo
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If you don’t know the history of democracy in Malawi just remain quiet

The Sniper.
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The Sniper.

I think we should not trust much even those who called Observers, the thing is Malawians should stand up and fight for our rights! This MEC has been so arrogant and it has never try to give up, something that really disturbs. And the one who is behind this, is some one who is also a Candidate, you wonder what is it that this other candidate is up to? I’m telling you if we can do anything to day, the Election will be conducted by the same useless MEC which has caused much trouble on Malawians in the name of… Read more »

Dr. Mvuma
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Dr. Mvuma

True and True

Angozo
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The good thing is Jane Ansa is resigning today as promised and contacts for the other commissioners are expirng in June. We just have to reject the other upcoming commissioners in parliament if appointed by APM

COVID-VISION-2020
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COVID-VISION-2020

Mukunena zaLuwisi nkhata,chizeleze

Sizzler
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Sizzler

No wonder the church is giving room to satan and his army of Demon .Who are the owners of Demostrations.Kkkk
In their goal to divide God’s people and plant hatread and divisions among us .Using politics
Shame on you all called christians who do not leave according to christain values of Love your Neighbour as you love yourself

G Zali
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G Zali

Satana uli iwe. Mlomwe ukhauala

Mtete
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Mtete

It is a worthless Church that does not raise concerns about government,’s repression of it’s people. In Chichewa the church says Munthu ndi thupi ndi mzimu pamodzi. You cannot take care of one aspect and leave the other.

Angozo
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You can say this and that against the Catholic Church but you will never and never succeed. Look back to how many or how long you people have said about the Catholic Church. Any success?

Angozo
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Satana ndi amene akukonza ziwembu zopha anzake. Accept the truth kuti nthawi yakutherani basi

Patrick
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Patrick

Shame on Catholic church instead of preaching words of God in this last days we are living in now is busy talking about elections,useless.

Lego
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You must be ashamed yourself and understand english and phrases properly.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

You sound very [email protected] Patrick

Angozo
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Shame on DPP and your Timothy Khoviwa. Mungotopa ndikunena za Catholic Church koma simupambana konse. This is the reason why you are not successful in every attempt to discredit the Catholic Church. Please do a soul searching and you will realize you are just wasting your time.

Flamingo
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Flamingo

CCJP of karonga district. Koma nkhwidzi ziri kumpotoku eish

Chilima Watolozedwa
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Iyayi don’t let satan start what happened between Nkhoma synod and Livingstonia happen to our Holy Catholic Church. Please Arc Bishop intervene. The church is to remain apolitical. No Tumbukalisation of things. Who is this Nkhata fool?? The Holy See would not approve of this.

The Sniper.
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The Sniper.

You are not a Catholic member, if you were, you would have not speak against your own, it is the Catholic that helped to bring change from one party system to Multiparty system. You must be from the church called, Fiti yaikazi imakhala yoopsa, Jeffrey Greseda Church

Namarokoro
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Namarokoro

He is not speaking on behalf of the Holy Catholic Church. He is speaking as a Tumbuka or a Nkhonde or whatever they call it there. They are very angry people

Angozo
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Do your research again

Angozo
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The church has a moral obligation to guide. If you don’t understand this teaching just sit down and shed your tears basi musatibowepo apa. You don’t even know that the Catholic Church is the most successful church which Jesus instituted on earth and any attempt to discredit it will just go in vain. Time wastage.

Jason Mlowoka
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Jason Mlowoka

This is total nonsense. Where were you all this time only to start barking when you see that all the arrangements is in motion? Sometimes these silly suggestions should have limits. It shouldn’t be every Jim and Jack who wishes to vomit his rot should be accommodated. Even in places where democracy was crafted do not do things in such a manner. Give us a break, please!!!

Wiske Yoyu
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Wiske Yoyu

The court should rescue us otherwise Malawi is becoming rotten with this commission.

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