UDF calls for MEC ‘immediate dissolution’,  prosecution of election fraudsters

Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has called on the State to prosecute those involved in the May 21  2019 ‘Tipp-ex’  presidential election which has forced the Constitutional Court to annul the poll and order for a fresh election.

UDF’s Padambo: We need to put an an end to fraudulent elections in Malawi.

Party secretary general Kandi Padambo says prosecuting the perpetrators of the electoral fraud and those involved in the manipulation of the vote in favour of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate President Peter Mutharika would deter other would be offenders in future elections.

“This is one way of ensuring the delivery of future free and fair election,” says Padambo.

He said the constitutional court judgment is a landmark decision which has exposed the gravity and extent of the irregularities in the 2019 tripartite elections.

“It has also revealed gross incompetence and total disregard of the electoral laws on the part of the Electoral Commission during the electoral process,” he said.

In their ruling, the five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi accused the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) of failing to carry out its constitutional duties, negligence and abdication of the same.

The panel, comprising Healey Potani, Redson Kapindu, Ivy Kamanga, Mike Tembo and Dingiswayo Madise, said MEC failed in all constitutional tests it set out on the elections and that the irregularities were so glaring that the credibility of the election was in question.

“In every election there will be irregularities but in the present matter, it has been our finding that the irregularities were so widespread, systematic and grave that the results of the elections have been compromised and cannot be trusted as a reflection of the votes,” Healy Potani, the head of the panel of five judges, said.

Padambo pointed out that  the ruling in essence says that the Electoral Commission was sleeping on the job and the Chief elections officer usurped its powers.

“The Electoral Commission presided over a miscarriage of an electoral process and  justice which should never have been allowed in a democratic dispensation. It is also very clear from the ruling that the results of elections did not reflect the will of the people of Malawi which is a fundamental prerequisite of any democratic election,” says Padambo.

He says as a country, Malawi cannot continue to move on this path which he says has the potential to reverse the democratic gains.

In light of the judgment, the UDF party secretary general therefore demanded for the immediate dissolution of the electoral commission because it has lost its moral authority to manage credible elections.

He says the UDF applauds the constitutional court judges for displaying total independence through out the hearing and congratulated the petitioners and their legal team for putting up a gallant fight.

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Chimuntu
9 months ago

Zitsiiru za UDF zinatipangisa kuti tizivutika shupit ndiye lero muziti fwifwifwi

Uyo
Uyo
9 months ago

Zisiru mukumveka pano. Shupiti ndi atupele wakoyo. Opportunists. Change your leader. Then maybe you can recollect and restructure.

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
9 months ago

Kkkk… Udf nayo… Kuchititsa manyazi tsopano. Munali kuti all this time?

SAUNDERS
SAUNDERS
9 months ago

If we are in this mess its because of UDF, You rigged 1999, 2004 votes using the same MEC, records are there people know who were in the forefront of the rigging. A former CEO of Shire Bus Co turned Political Commententor, MBC the then Chairs of MEC who are now deceased, there are many of them around. If you want the case to go that way people are prepared for you as a Party to be dragged to Court for the Rigging. It was painful to many of us in1999 when Chakuamba and Chakufwa were leading with a wide… Read more »

Ordinary Malawians Starve
Ordinary Malawians Starve
9 months ago

Please UDF let’s start with the arrest of No 1 elections rigged Bakili Muluzi

Mjonanje
Mjonanje
9 months ago

manyazi a NEC ya UDF, inu munali kuti pamene anzanu analimba mtima kutsutsa chisanKupanda kho….za mantha ndi umthira kuwiri basi. asiyeni ofunira Malawi za bwino aziyankhula zimenezo.

Kakhuta
Kakhuta
9 months ago

UDF’s silence throughout the court process was so deafening, they can’t just wake up from their deep slumber nkuyamba kutichulukira nzeru. Where were they when their friends were in the trenches?

Zex Rajabu
Zex Rajabu
9 months ago

Nanu a UDF, fraud is not the same as irregularities. The petition was about irregularities and so was the ruling. You don’t arrest somebody for irregularities kikikikiki. UDF is indeed gone with the likes of edward bwanali, collins chizumila, justin malewezi, aleke banda, monjeza maluza etc.

Rahiman
Rahiman
9 months ago

Nanu a UDF mukhale phee munali kuti pamene a UTM & MCP amapita ku kang’amala ku court pano mwapeza platform yomatha mau asiyeni a UTM & MCP alimalizitse ntchito yomwe anayiyamba Court lika kanagamula other way round mukanakhala oyamba kuvomeleza kuti zayenda bwino si ndiinu momwe cha 2014 amene munali oyambilira kuvomeleza kuti chitsankho chayenda bwino pomwe anzanu a MCP amapita ku court

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