MEC writes APM to consider appointing new commissioners

Written by  MBC Online

Sam Alfandika, CEO for MEC, has told the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament that the electoral body has written President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika to consider appointing new commissioners as the term of the current commissioners expires on June 5.

MEC says it has written President Mutharika on new commissioners. MEC says it has written President Mutharika on new commissioners.

The tenure of MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah ends in October this year.


Malawi is set to hold fresh presidential poll on July 2 after the Constitutional Court on February 3 nullified the May 21, 2019 presidential vote only.


Alfandika said the new commissioners if hired will start work on June 6 after taking over from the current members, adding that the new commissioners will not have enough time to grasp the whole electoral process.


He said MEC wrote the Head of state last week.


Alfandika also told the Committee that MEC, which was seeking a budget of K34 billion to conduct the fresh poll, has a budget deficit of K5billion.


But the deadly Coronavirus may put the spokes in the wheels of MEC as it might prove difficult to print ballot papers outside the country as local printers are afraid to pick up the task fearing reprisals should there be a dispute on the printing process.


Ansah and the commissioners have not resigned despite violent demos last year orchestrated by HRDC and the opposition.


Both MEC and the Mutharika, who are second and first respondents respectively, have appealed against the nullification of the poll in which MEC declared Mutharika the winner.

The appeal case is set to be heard this month before a panel of Supreme Court of Appeal judges.

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