Whether one likes it or not, #Tivotanso: But let’s tighten loose ends for credible Malawi vote 

At this point, it’s foolhardy to, anxiously, be worried with the question of #Tivotanso [ fresh presidential elections] or not. The answer to that question, as of today, is fair and squared: #Tivotanso.

Opposition driven parliament, on Tuesday, set June 23 as polling day; though government side isn’t happy about it.

However, the issue, here, is not about government being happy or not;  the Executive does not have power to stop the legitimate will of the people expressed through the laws of the Republic.

In fact, it is interesting that Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has swiftly moved to gazette June 23 as the polling day, an indication of complying with Parliament’s decision.

The issue, here, is what MEC is competently raising regarding the need to hold a ‘genuine and credible election in view of logistical challenges that the Commission anticipates in implementing steps towards the holding of the polls.’

Truth be told, there are two critical things that, before we go to the polls, we need to be extremely clear about if the promise of genuine and credible elections can come to the fruition.

Firstly, we need to be clear on the level of preparedness by MEC and, secondly, we need to be clear if we have the relevant legislative instruments in place to back the legality of this election.

Here is why we should be worried, not with #Tivotanso or not, but the entire electoral process.

If MEC isn’t well prepared, we run the risk of yet another electoral process full of irregularities. We can’t afford another year of protests and court battles—we have had two years lost already to this. We need to move and it is encouraging to hear MEC saying that it is engaging all presidential candidates on this to find a shared solution.

Further, if we don’t have relevant legislative framework to back up the pending electoral process, we, again, run a risk of holding an election that its legality will be challenged.

As earlier said, we have today to make things right, not tomorrow after elections result are out.

No matter what, Parliament needs to put in place  legislative instruments in place so that, after the result, we don’t go back to the court battles and street protest.

In conclusion, it is our honest submission to the Malawian public that, whether one likes it or not, as the court sanctioned:  #Tivotanso.

However, before sunset, we need to ensure be certain that we are holding an election that is credible and legitimate.

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John Phiri
John Phiri
8 months ago

Absolutely correct

H E Nyaphapi One
8 months ago

Anything is better than letting Mr. Peter Mutharika hide the dead body of his brother Mr bingu Mutharika and taking the corpse to Johannesburg. Anything. Other than this….😥

Mbolo yasanza.
8 months ago

Dpp udf alliance boma.

Wawa
Wawa
8 months ago

Malawi is a country with too many inaccessible remote areas. How do u tighten loop holes in 12 days? Kuvota tivota , that’s for sure. But these Elections will most likely be chaotic with too many irregularities than Jane Ansah’s. Mark my words! We now have a great MEC team, I believe they could have performed wonders if they had enough time on their hands. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Wa Aford
8 months ago

MCP is not upholding the spirit of constitutionalism. Phuma limeneli tichenjere nalo. Kutsogoloku a MC P azizati akafuna chinthu samadzayang’ana kuti kodi malamulo akuti chani. Zikukoma lero koma if we ignore the Constitution, tidzaliraa. Ignoring the constitutional order is ignoring democracy and embrrasing dictatorship.

Let’s have the 50+1 law, let’s have the rerun provision, let’s wave the tripartite elections law, let’s set the election date, let’s vote. No shortcuts.

James Banda
James Banda
8 months ago
Reply to  Wa Aford

Don’t come here to twist the truth. The truth is that in March 2020 Mutharika exercising powers invested in him by the constitution refused to sing electoral bills. A few years ago a 50+1 bill which was brought by the government was defeated by the government. Now what do you want to tell us. He thought he was clever

John Kennedy
John Kennedy
8 months ago
Reply to  James Banda

He is talking about constitutional order. We are creating a dictatorship with this MCP of yours. Be careful you will find yourself replacing one terrible govt with another worst govt. Let’s not cut corners. We know that everyone wants to win. But let’s follow the rules of the game. Hitler in Germany come into power through a democratic process. He bullied everyone along the way to get what he wanted. Once he was in power everything changed. The rest as they say is history.

Tea Grower Thyolo
Tea Grower Thyolo
8 months ago

Solving the logistics issue is simple. In fact, we have had this problem in many elections. They usually hire government vehicles to deal with it. So no big deal. It can be done again

Wa Aford
8 months ago

Shallow minded you are. Transport is not the main challenge.

Namulondola Njira
8 months ago

What the writer is talking is the logistics of transportation, no, please read between lines and then you will know what the write is trying to communicate. It has nothing to do with Logistics think.

Bloodsucker chakwera
8 months ago

Namulondola ndiwe openga. The writer has said they use government vehicles meaning that according to him, logistics means transport. Kodi mwapenga ndi u opposition eti? Mitu siikugwira Kikiki.

Albino killer Mutharika
Albino killer Mutharika
8 months ago

Indeed transportation will be one of the most problem if we may think of islands and those that have not good roads

Chamunorwa
Chamunorwa
8 months ago

I agree with the Editorial. The MEC Chair hardly two days in power is crying wolf…The elections are not going to be credible becsuse of the irregularities which are being raised by the new MEC Chairman.. Whats interesting is that the opposition is behaving like they have already bagged the elections .. They might loose the New Elections or They have forged already… They loose then what.???. Go back to the streets with the help of HRDC.There were cying for credible elections but even a blindman can forsee problems ahead.. Better late than never.. With their numbers they could have… Read more »

James Banda
James Banda
8 months ago
Reply to  Chamunorwa

It was way back in February when the court said Tivotense, bills were sent to APM he sat on them for almost three weeks and when people were asking why he was not assenting to the bills, he decided to to give his approval. The government has not been honest therefore no one should blame the opposition.

Citizen
Citizen
8 months ago
Reply to  James Banda

Agree 100%

Geeta
8 months ago

Totally agree. We cant hold the election if the constitution is not changed accordingly.

Mazira
Mazira
8 months ago

well said, bravo

Zoona
Zoona
8 months ago

Suspicious article – what are those legislative frameworks? Come clearly – update the article as I can’t hear you!!!

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