Official campaign for Malawi fresh presidential polls May 2 to June 30 — MEC

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  has said the the 60-day official campaign for the fresh presidential election ordered by the constitution court, which annulled last year’s vote results because of irregularities,  will be rolled out on May 2 to June 30 before polling on July 2.

Opposition UTM-MCP alliance leaders Saulos Chilima (L) and  Lazarus Chakwera will wait for May 2 to roll out official campaign 
President Mutharika and  UDF leader Atupele Muluzi are in electoral alliance

The embattled  electoral commission chairperson  Jane Ansah told a news conference in Blantyre on Monday when MEC outlined its electoral calendar for the re-run.

She said during the official  campaign period all contesting candidates and political parties shall be free to move around the country to sell themselves to the electorate.

Ansah, who is a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, also spelt out the need for presidetial hopefuls to abide by the code of conduct which  they will sign.

“The Commission expects the candidates and their followers to adhere to the code of conduct for political parties and candidates which the candidates would have signed for,” Ansah said.

The MEC chairperson said the electoral body seeks to hold free, fair and credible elections and has the capacity to monitor all campaign activities, including ensuring “compliance” to  candidates code of conduct

Ansah also said contesting candidates and political parties should be given an “equal opportunity to freely hold political campaigns” during the period to ensure a free, fair and credible election.

In previous elections, taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has come under fire for biased reporting against opposition political parties and candidates.

To boost their chances in the fresh elections, of  the country’s two main opposition parties last week inked an electoral pact.

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM — which came second and third respectively in last year’s polls — signed an electoral alliance at a ceremony attended by thousands of supporters in the capital Lilongwe.

On his side, Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party  (DPP) earlier announced it has  partnered with United Democratic Front (UDF) led by Atupele Muluzi who has been drafted in Cabinet with other three members of his party.

Though Malawi has not yet recorded any coronavirus case,  there are fears the spreading virus could threaten the staging of the fresh elections.

“The successful implementation of the election calendar will be subject to the mitigation of the impact of the coronavirus including travel embargoes and shutdown of election materials production companies,” said Ansah.

In a landmark ruling on Feberuay 3,  the Constitutional Court overturned the outcome of the 21 May 2019 election, which handed President Peter Mutharika a second term in office.

The court said the poll results were fraught with widespread irregularities – in particular the “massive” use of correction fluid on tally sheets.

It ordered the holding of fresh polls within 150 days, but Mutharika is appealing the court’s ruling.

The appeal will be heard in the Supreme Court starting 15 April.

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Robateu
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Robateu

Boom before the elections you will hear APM is incapacitated… that’s when you will realise NYENKHWE is a CAMA

Jamax
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Jamax

The IRON LADY very educated, very strong, well focused, well rooted God fearing women she has been insulted left and right but she sits on her chair as a chairperson of MEC asking God to forgive ALL her enemies in the like of Gift Tobias Trapence, Timothy Sannibalati Mtambo, McDonald Judas Sembereka, Lazalous Yona Chakwera and Saulos Absalomu Chilima. I know this time God has managed to fight on her behalf and ALL her enemies have been defeated completetly – Now she has drawn a new Electral Calender the new voting day being on the 02nd of July 2020 and… Read more »

Mr Truth Pains
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Ansah, who should adhere to the Code of Conduct btwn U and political parties if I may ask u??
Truly your IQ is very low indeed. Please learn to be factual and not a day dreamer.

Why insisting to hang on to that position as if that is the only Job u know? Very selfish individual. Feel ashamed of yourself and your entire family which u put on spot light .

Used to eat and steal poor people taxes thats why u don’t want to leave that post. Your greediness will put u in jail one day.

Chilipa Thako
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M’mene mwalephelera kuchotsha Jane Ansah pa mpando wa Mec ndi m’mene mulephelere kuchotsha APM pa mpando wa dziko ,izizi zikuchitikazi ndi chizindikiro kuti mudziwe kuti HRDC/MCP/UTM ongofuna kusokoneza dziko chifukwa cha kudzimva . chisankho chapa 2019 APM anapambana mwachilungamo . M’mene munachitira inu a hrd /mcp /utm kuononga zinthu za anthu , kupha Imedi waku Mangochi Jane ndi uyo ali phee pa mpando zomwe zikutanthauza kuti inu otsutsa mulibe mphamvu yomuchotsa Jane Ansah , ngakhale Chilima saulosi atatsogolera nyimbo kuti Jane the Iron Lady Ansah achoke sizingatheke chifukwa Mulungu sanalole ,chimodimodzi APM anapambana chisankho 2019 apambananso 2020 .

Mbwiyeche
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Mbwiyeche

I agree with you

Kalulu Wadwala
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Yambani inuyo bwana. Chokuletsani ndi chiani? Don’t use bad words to describe people. Peter Mutharika is the best head of state ever. His patience and calmness. His composure and thinking is what makes you to write such garbage. Malawians will vote shortly. Let the winning team fly . We can only have one true winner this time.

Theu
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Theu

Is the chisankho on whilst coronavirus is ravaging Africa?

Manyaka
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Manyaka

Zeze ndi chatsalira kusayina mgwirizano. Sitting VP become runningmate to leader of opposition. Total madness

Arnold
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Arnold

Jane Ansa we don’t want you live our Malawi electro commission alone, we won’t allow you mess things again. You are a wizard..

Aalex
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Aalex

This MEC. Who is gonna trust them? DPP ofcourse. For the love for Malawi can’t they sit aside and let other people run the show? After all DPP would still attempt to corrupt them like they’ve done to The Ansah gangsters. However, people might still give them the benefit of doubt. If DPP wins again ‘God forbid ‘. With this Ansah MEC, I can see CHAOS. The problem is ‘Wachikulile akamakakamila pa mpando ndiye kuti wabibilapo’. These people will do anything, even killing the same people they want to govern , to remain the ruling party. Worst still, there is… Read more »

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