The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have asked Parliament to intervene on their demands for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission’s Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah.
The development follows anti-Jane Ansah mass protests that the coalition organized on Wednesday in the country`s major cities and other districts in a bid to call for the resignation of the MEC Chairperson.
Speaking after presenting a petition at Parliament building in Lilongwe, HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, said lawmakers are representatives of the people and are mandated to speak on behalf of Malawians at national level.
Ntambo said: “We think the executive arm of the government has failed us so we want parliament to intervene but we will continue pressurizing the executive while waiting from the lawmaker’s side.”
Mtambo added that Parliament should work on the original electoral reforms by tabling the 50+1 bill and rejecting the appointment of Duncan Mwapasa as Police Inspector General.
Malawi Congress Party Member of Parliament for Dowa East, Richard Chimwendo Banda, who received the petition on behalf of speaker of national assembly, assured the Coalition that their petition will be delivered.
In Zomba, instead of presenting the petition to the district’s commissioner, HRDC leader, Madalitso Banda, torn the petition into pieces in front of the demonstrators, saying they have lost trust in the way their grievances are being handled.
The demonstrations in all the cities are expected to continue today and tomorrow.