President Peter Mutharika will keep his views secret on the proposed 50+1 electoral system, a system that would allow a general election candidate to become President only if and when he amasses more than 51 per cent of the votes cast.
Mabvuto Bamusi, Mutharika’s advisor on civil society groups and non-governmental organisations said this on Friday.
“It is up to Malawians to decide what system they want. But whatever system, it should be for uniting people. The civil society leaders should consult Malawians at grass root, this should not come from few political or civil society leaders for their own political expediency,” Bamusi said.
He said President Mutharika would not give his views on he matter although he would want the result to reflect the will of the people.
“If people want it, His Excellency is ready to listen,” said Bamusi, who said people should be demanding a robust constitutional review process.
He said the same happened during debate on federalism, saying Mutharika chose not to have his views known.
“He said let people and people have spoken,” Bamusi said.
Mutharika got 36 percent of the vote during the 2014 general election, votes he amassed mainly from the southern region prompting some opposition politicians and civil society leaders to insinuate the President received the mandate to rule the country from one tribe.