Political analyst suggests parliament should hire commissioners for Malawi electoral body

A political analyst has suggested that the parliament should be hiring commissioners at the election management body, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah and her team of commissioners who have lost public trust

George Phiri, a political scientist at Livingstonia University said this was the only way MEC can regain its lost trust and glory.

“It is very difficult to understand how MEC arrived at those figures which made president Peter Mutharika and the others losers,” said Phiri.

He said the data which MEC used to interpret and declare Mutharika winner in the May 21 highly contentious election was questionable.

“It is very difficult to say who was the winner and loser in this election,” he said.

Phiri then recommended that parliament’s Public Appoints Committee should be hiring the commissioners in contrast to the current set up where the commissioners are appointed by the president and endorsed by parliament.

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Alifonsina
Alifonsina
2 years ago

Justice Anastazia Msosa is really a woman of integrity. Wherever she is, God continue blessing her. Osati mbava ya chizimayi iyi, I thought ku Judiciary kuli zoti munthu akachitsa zochititsa manyazi dziko ngati izi amamuletsa “Practicing”?

Onjezani
Onjezani
2 years ago

It’s worth trying. However it is no guarantee that it will solve any problem if there is any. In Malawi, people change political allegiances at the change of goal! How will the selection go? Will it not be the party with the current majority choosing the chair?

Political analysts should focus their energy on lobbying for election reform to introduce the 50+1 rule. That will be commendable!

nachisale
nachisale
2 years ago
Reply to  Onjezani

Even the 50+1 rule is not going to solve any problem. What will happen is that people will likely change their political allegiance after the first round and therefore opportunistic alliances will be created. It is sickening why people continue making this argument when we all know it is our political culture that is rotten – not the system.

Onjezani
Onjezani
2 years ago
Reply to  nachisale

You have a point! However the 50+1 will make the rulers be supported by the majority of the population. It’s better to be ruled by regime with over 50% population support than 39% for example as is the current situation.

Mind you, much as it could be true that the current government won the votes (by the current laws), much of the population >60% is against the regime which can easily make it look like they really never won the elections. 50+1 rule will make the ruling government more legitimate.

Nyusesi
2 years ago

Kodi Mary Shawa wamatama a Chilima uja akugwirabe ntchito ngati PS? Please suck her now now. T
She is so stupid.

NGONNGONGOLIWA
2 years ago

DYELA PA NYASALAND —FULL OF JUDAS ISCARIOTS BETRAYING INNOCENT SOULS —

Lux Tikitira
Lux Tikitira
2 years ago

Only smart and reliable MEC chief was Anastasia Msosa osati zinazi zonamizira u fake Pastor. She has indeed damaged the image ot MEC. Thumbs up to retired Msosa. We shall never find another one of her calibre. May you enjoy your retirement madam.

THAPELO
THAPELO
2 years ago

ma girlfriends a pitala

Chakwera
2 years ago

Difficult to understand that one won? Mtumbuka sadzatheka..

Murupale pa Thyolo
Murupale pa Thyolo
2 years ago

Malawi will be transformed and developed to the level of Europe in the next 5 years KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK hahahahahahah

Murupale pa Thyolo
Murupale pa Thyolo
2 years ago

It starts with the president hiring MEC commissioners, promoting teachers and police officers just b4 the elections. Apitala wiyi njamkulungwa

Elli
Elli
2 years ago

This is a fallacy. In 2014 the commission was hired by JB. APM won the election and MCP cried foul on grounds of rigging. it is possible to win from opposition, it is possible to get good result with the present set up

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