MCP, HRDC relieved by commissioners` contract expiry

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners have finally left the commission following the expiry of their contracts on June 5.

MEC`s Director of Media and Public Relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa confirmed the development on Friday.

This comes barely weeks after Justice Jane Ansah stepped down from her position as Chairperson for the Commission.

Meanwhile, one of the 9 political parties in the Tonse Alliance, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) which has been pushing for the firing of the Commissioners has expressed delight.

Secretary General for the MCP Eisenhower Mkaka says the battle is not over until MEC Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Sam Alfandika also resigns for messing up the 2019 elections.

“If the Commissioners made a wrong decisions, those decisions were influenced were influenced in a way by the information that the MEC Chief Elections Officer provided to this Commission, so it’s only logical and rational that the CEO should go as well,” advised Mkaka.

Similarly, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) which has been convening demonstrations against the Commissioners has welcomed the development.

HRDC National Coordinator Luke Tembo said the presence of the commissioners at MEC was a waste of time.

“We welcome the leaving of the MEC Commissioners, of course it’s too late because they have wasted our time, and we should have new Commissioners already who would have been on top of their game as we prepare of the fresh elections,” said Tembo.

Meanwhile, all eyes are at President Mutharika in anticipation for the appointment of a new Commission to preside over the forthcoming Fresh Presidential Election.

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