Parliamentary committees meet over 50+1 law, MEC commissioners fate

Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) meets from Thursday  to discuss the fate of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) spokesperson Jane Ansah and all commissioners.

Speaker Gotani Hara: Working on the matter

This follows the Monday Constitutional Court order which asked parliament to meet within 21 days to decide the fate of the commissioners after the court found them guilty of compromising the outcome of the presidential election results marred by irregularities and vote manipulation in favour of president Peter Mutharika.

Speaker of parliament Catherine Gotani Hara said parliament has no choice but follow the court order.

“The Public Appointments Committee and the Legal Affairs Committee have been told to start work and look into the recommendations by the Constitutional Court,” said Hara.

She said the Legal Affairs Committee is looking into the 50+1 voting system.

“Parliament is working round the clock to ensure that the 50+1 law and other court orders are passed in Parliament within the 21 days.”

She said the 50+1 voting system is not a new electoral law, saying it was there only that the court has made its interpretation now.

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Ndadabwa
Ndadabwa
9 months ago

Do our lawyers dont know that the 50+ rule only work in a bipartisan politics? If a country has more than 2 political parties the rule is the winner is the one with more votes. In a 50+ rule what it means is the other parties should share the 49 percentage. Thats impossible to determine and will always be vote reruns as this condition cannot be satisfied in a multi party politics. On this lawyers made a biggest decision in Makawi politics. This is different from company ownership where a shareholder with at least 50% shares is deemed the owner.… Read more »

gogomala
gogomala
9 months ago

suppose mps reject the proposed amendment. what will happen. anzathu oziwa law tiuzeni. we are learning

Central
Central
9 months ago

Please don’t spare anybody at MEC………………………………..!! Get rid of all the current cadets!! These nyapapies were at MEC as DPP-MEC regional Team……………………headed by Jane Ansah as Regional Governor, with Mathanga as Publicity Secretary, Moffat Banda as Campaign Director, Alufandika as Strategist, Mgawi as Director of Election Manipulation, Mwafulirwa as Tip-Ex Procurer, Mtafu as Fake Tally Sheets Distributor etc etc!! Ana a njoka amenwoooooo!

thom
thom
9 months ago

Illegal MPs can’t pass laws. They need to pack up because MEC failed the entire tripartite polls.

mjiba
mjiba
9 months ago

Sipikala wopusa udawonapo kuti bizinesi ya paliamenti ikuchokela ku khoti? akamati zigawo zitatu zoyima pazokha za boma ndi chiyani? zitanthauza osalowelela pantchito za chigawo chimodzi. kodi 50+1 siyinakanidwe ku paliyamenti. pangani zopusazo ikanidwanso kachiwiri mbuzi. inu muwachosa a MEC pomwe chisankho chanu adapanga ndi a MEC omwewo? Nanunso mukambilane zotula pansi ma udindo ngati ma MP chifukwa MEC siyidayendese bwino chisankho. “Agalu inu”” quote from Mtafu. MHRIP

James Banda
James Banda
9 months ago
Reply to  mjiba

You are going nowhere my friend, the good thing is that you are a faceless person and no one can take you seriously.

Favor alice
9 months ago

Very good and uniting idea because there will be no party which will win over 50%, so forming government unity is better for Malawi nation.

Bongani
Bongani
9 months ago

You should write 50+1% votes not just 50+1

Real EvertonMancity Chimulilenji aka WhyCryCry
Real EvertonMancity Chimulilenji aka WhyCryCry
9 months ago
Reply to  Bongani

İt’s 50% plus 1 vote not 50 + 1% vote amudara.

Joni
Joni
9 months ago

….ndi 50% + 1% basi…….

MASO ENA
MASO ENA
9 months ago

Zoona, Atcheya ndi Chimulirenji aziganiza mukunena azimayi!!

Central
Central
9 months ago
Reply to  Bongani

Bonganinso nawenso, osafufuza kaye bwanji kuopa kunyika ngati ukuuuuuuuuuuu! Awansooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Tsiku la Mowa
Tsiku la Mowa
9 months ago
Reply to  Bongani

The acceptable abbreviation is 50+1. While the formal description is 50% plus 1 vote. How many people say “Manchester United Football Club” instead of just saying “ManU”?

Chilipa Thako
9 months ago

Mbuna mukukumbayo mudzagweramo nokha , ndiye musayike zisongore zoyangána mmwamba ingadzakupweteni inu nomwe .

Joni
Joni
9 months ago
Reply to  Chilipa Thako

Uli m’madzi my friend, osawaopsyeza ma MP……50+1% YIYENDETSE CHILUNGAMO PA ZISANKHO MOSAWONA NKHOPE KAPENA CHIPANI…..

Malawi belong to the citizens

And make sure Kut all commissioners of MEC are fired and arrested for messing up the whole election process that led to violence and disruption of businesses in the country.Make that committee to be the one to appoint the Chairman/chairlady of the MEC and all commissioners. And u have to interview these individuals, not the president coz he might favour his party diehards, which is not good for the country. What I mean no president should appoint these people for the MEC in future.This is the only chance to improve our constitution, remove some powers from the president and give… Read more »

Heaven Come
Heaven Come
9 months ago

you got it wrong. each party president appoints its own commissioners. the president of the country appoints the chairperson of MEC.

In support of 5 1
In support of 5 1
9 months ago

In all fairness the 50+1 must be applied also on selection of MPs.Izi zomawina ndi mavoti 8 doesn’t represent the will of the Majority.
Also voting in parliament should be 50+1…In case there are fresh elections for MPs,when choosing the new speaker ,50+1 must be the way…

Mitengo
Mitengo
9 months ago

Spot on bro.In some constituencies,MPs always come from one Ward.

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