Parliament ponders court action over rejected electoral reform bills

A parliamentary committee official has suggested that parliament might go to the Constitutional Court if the House fails to pass the electoral reform bills by this Monday.

Msukwa: Some MPs have eaten scones

The Constitutional Court ruling gave an order for parliament to pass the electoral reform bills by close of business this Monday.

However, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members of parliament have been playing political games to frustrate the passing of the bills to the annoyance of most Malawians.

But the chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee of parliament Kezzie Msukwa said parliament might go back to the court for guidance if the DPP members of parliament frustrated the passing of the bills on Monday.

“The behavior of some of our colleagues has brought in a Constitutional crisis. We need to go back to the arbiter, the court. The court trusted us with the mandate to do the needful but we have instead brought in politics. We will have to go back to the court for us to do what is good for the country,” he said.

Msukwa also said the Anti-Corruption Bureau might investigate reports that some members of parliament received money to frustrate the bills.

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Joni
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Joni

Let us see ngati utambwali ungapitilire a CONCOURT AKAKAPANGA NULLIFY ndi ma MP omwe………proceed Kezzi go and report that zachibwana zija zidakapitilira….uwona alira chweee kuthamangira ku parliament pompano!!

Ambele Kwacheni Banda
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Ambele Kwacheni Banda

If DPP members of parliament reject 50+1 elections will still be held and any winner with lower that 50+1 will be challenged in court and another election will be done till 50+1 is achieved. The problem is 50+1 is already there but
the issue is what happens when parties fail to get 50+1, the current sitting is to extend the 50+1 into a run-off which other misguided members of parly are rejecting

Zofu
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Zofu

Tell Mitambo he should not use force koma atiphembe kupanda apo ayiwona Bangwe tikanaso lero

Old timers
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Old timers

Why can’t you ask, the ACB to investigate Mtambo, rather than MPs, go back to civic education and learn the three arms of the government, Executive, Parliament and Judiciary. One thing we must know is Judiciary has no right to order parliament what to do or not to do.Learning idiotic ideas is really driving us backwards, The moment some laws are rejected, you say it’s fishy and has to be investigated. Investigations must start with the 5 Judges.

Lego
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To investigate Mtambo over what?

Malawi belong to the citizens
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The downfall of the DPP party is near.

Peter
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Peter

true seems no concortion , not even AYUVERDA can heal them. Grave is their destination now.

Tizanka
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Tizanka

Has the MPs right for a vote been suspended by the judiciary? Has it now become a crime to exercise a vote? Quiet interesting

Bakha
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Bakha

The MPs were supposed to vote to determine the legality of the of bill.What do you expect in a Yes or No vote? Painfully speaking that is how parliament is independent.There is no way the courts can dictate parliament to pass the bill into law by way of voting,these spheres of govt are completely independent of one another, A game of chess, who will be checkmated? Lets wait and see

Analyst
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Analyst

If one reads the ruling now it appears it is the worst ruling ever. Mercenary lawyers.

Njeunji
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Njeunji

Do our judges know how parliament works? MPs debate bills and vote on bills. If that is the case, a court cannot command MPs to vote a certain way. Mwayaluka ConCourt judges.

UNKHUNGU LEKANI.
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Afra and Viva are still bulutus as they were during their birth. 5 judges cannot err in such judgement. APM is not a Lawyer himself but rather pretend to be. In actual sense he is another EDUCATED SAVAGE who is just being dragged by street vendors to contradict themselves. Very shame indeed. Poor Malawians !!!!!!!!!

yona gondwe
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yona gondwe

Aaa! honourable Msukwa or mr Msukwa, do you know the meaning of legislator or MP? It means a LAW MAKER. Laws are made in Parliament that is why you are voting on this 50+1. Our Con Court surely erred on this one that is why they could not implement it coz they dont make laws. Additional on that you must remember that the reason of voting on this 50+1 is either to pass it or not. you expect one of the two. The MPs have the right or the powers whether to pass a law or not. No judges come… Read more »

Bulutu
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Bulutu

Why wouldn’t 5 judges error? What about when they get a bribe? Have you critically looked at the judgement and seen that it has got problems. The judges cannot order parliament to enact a law or laws. Parliament is sovereign – it does not just endorse bills. It debates and votes? Why because bills have to be voted on. The judges cannot tell MPs how to vote. MPs have the right to reject a bill. Now, did the petitioners ask the court to interpret ‘majority’ in the constitution? Why did the judges stray and determine on 50+1. Answers to these… Read more »

John Banda
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John Banda

The author of this comment is certainly a well educated person