Ansah proposes date for Malawi election

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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has appealed against the constitutional court order to conduct fresh presidential elections by July.

In a document filed to the High Court, by the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale, MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah argues that the Constitutional Court disregarded the fact that an election requires funding and preparation.

According to Ansah, the budget for a fresh election hovers around K43 billion.

She, therefore, suggests 261 days as a viable timeframe for the fresh poll if the MEC is to meet all requirements in the electoral calendar.

Ansah proposes 28 October, 2020 as the perfect date for the election.

On orders for Parliament to endorse the 50+1 electoral system, the MEC chairperson believes the judiciary acted in excess of its jurisdiction and infringed on the independence and immunity of Parliament.

It is indicated that the electoral commission met on February 4 and agreed to appeal the constitutional court determination on fresh elections.    

 

 

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