When will Jane Ansah exit Malawi Electoral Commission

The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruling to nullify the presidential elections is now behind us.  The whole world knows that the May 21 Malawian elections were grossly mismanaged and the Electoral Commission was at the centre of mismanaging elections which were riddled with gross irregularities.

The writing is on the placard

However, the centre of focus has been the MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah who promised to resign should the ConCourt finds her to be at fault.

She has resisted calls to resign and for the past ten months the Human Rights Defenders Coalition has mobilised the masses and mounted mass demonstrations for her to resign. While the court case was not about her as MEC Chairperson,  the decision by ConCourt to nullify election results inextricably links her and MEC commissioners to gross incompetence in the manner they handled the elections. They were in the driving seat and steered the ship.

Any election is as good as the people managing it. The ConCourt discovered that MEC breached the Constitution and electoral laws. As the person at the helm of MEC, the buck stops with her and she has to accept responsibility of what happened. She cannot run away from this.

The ConCourt nullification of the presidential elections is an indictment against poor handling of electoral process.  She does not have any tangible reason to continue to serve as MEC Chair. She has no choice, but to resign with other commissioners. After all, she promised to resign after the ConCourt ruling.

With other electoral reforms that ConCourt has ordered [such as parliament involvement in the selection of MEC Commissioners], it is only natural that she steps down and pave the way for a new Malawi Electoral Commission. No one will accept the old MEC to handle fresh elections that will be conducted five months from now.

Clinging to the position is only making Malawians agitated as MEC has lost the trust of the people. They can no longer trust a commission that messed up elections.

Incidentally, there are growing calls from different sections of the Malawian society for all commissioners to immediately resign in the wake of the court ruling. Some sections of the society are planning to launch another round of demonstrations to force Ansah to resign. It is in the public interest for Ansah and other commissioners to resign.

Since the disputed May 21 elections, the country has witnessed a series of peaceful demonstrations, organised by HRDC, turn violent.   Businesses have been looted or disrupted. Buildings burnt or vandalised. Innocent people have been harassed or beaten up. Others have been killed. The country cannot afford to have demonstrations now to force Ansah to resign. Her resignation and that of other commissioners should be automatic.

Now that Ansah  knows the truth about how the court ruling, she should be set free. And being set free means stepping down!

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CASHGATE
CASHGATE
9 months ago

If she doesn’t exist then she will be forced out

Chechamba
Chechamba
9 months ago

IT HAS NOW BEEN PROVED BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT THAT OUR LEARNED SUPREME COURT JUDGE IS BLUE EYED IN AND OUT. PETER AND HIS DPP NETWORK INSTRUCTED HER NOT TO RESIGN DESPITE PRESSURE FROM HRDC AND PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FROM LAW SOCIETY OF MALAWI .THE SAME PETER AND HIS DPP NETWORK ARE AGAIN ADVISING HER NOT TO STEP DOWN DESPITE HER PROMISED TO DO SO.

chayamba
chayamba
9 months ago

This evil woman should not only resign but should also be arrested and jailed. The costs which MEC will pay to the petitioners will be in billions. Unfortunately that money will not come from her pocket but our taxes due to her negligence in handling the election. This means that money she is stealing from us poor people.

The Insurgent
9 months ago

Ms. Jane Ansah has 530 holiday days! She is so indispensable that once she exits MEC and the Supreme court will collapse! 530 holiday days means she has not taken holiday in a long time!

Kapado Chimulirenji
9 months ago

Mtonga watchaya.

Ndatopa Ulemu
9 months ago

Ansah is going nowhere. Try your demos this time and see how your friends will react. I’m certain that when you were demonstrating that time and your friends were quiet, you took them as cowards. Time has come, try them this time and see if one will not lose his Nyero

Augustine Chikaya
Augustine Chikaya
9 months ago

Jane Ansah akuopa kumangidwa. Nanganso ma benefit ake?

BE AWARE OF PETER HITLER MUTHARIKA

THIS WHORE CALLED JANE ASNAH IS SO STUBBORN , AND SHE DOESN’T GET IT. MALAWIANS DON’T WANT HER TO SERVE IN ANY PUBLIC OFFICE BECAUSE SHE HAS SHOWN HER BIAS. SHE IS BETTER OFF TO BE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHO IS GONNA HIRE HER. SHE MUST ALSO STEP DOWN AS A SUPREME COURT JUDGE BECAUSE NOW WE KNOW SHE IS A HARDCORE DPP SUPPORTER. ONLY DPP SUPPORTERS WILL GET JUSTICE FROM JANE ASNAH WHILE THE REST OF MALAWIANS ARE IN HER BLACK BOOK.. I DON’T TRUST THIS WHORE AGAIN, THIS IS SATAN WOMAN. HOW MUCH… Read more »

james kamanga
james kamanga
9 months ago

ndi mfiti ya munthu wamayi…munthu wamayi oyipa ndipo okhakhala ku moyo ngati uyu simnamuonepo

MTUMBUKA WENIWENI
MTUMBUKA WENIWENI
9 months ago
Reply to  james kamanga

James kamanga you need to be arrested.

Joni
Joni
9 months ago

KOMA AMAYIWA SUKULU SIYINAWATHANDIZE NDITHU………She has already ashamed the Judiciary with her mediocre performance and now she is sticking to the post as if alibe ntchito akachoka pamenepa………this is shameful indeed!

Kupita kusukulu kumachotsadi umbuli chabe OSATI UCHITSIRU ndithu….nzochititsa manyazi kwambiri ndithu particularly that she is also ONE OF THE ELITE Judges of the ELITE COURT of the land, then we have to be worried and very worried indeed!!!!!!

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