MEC proposes law reform

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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is proposing electoral law reform in order to sift out joker presidential candidates.

MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah made the remarks during the National Elections Consultative Forum (NECOF) meeting held on Wednesday in Mangochi district.

This follows the withdrawal and rejection of some clown aspirants for the fresh presidential election after they failed to satisfy one condition or another, needed for them to proceed with the race.

 Critics have been proposing that candidates and political parties should pay their nomination fees before collecting the nomination papers.

 Ansah was however quick to point out that at the moment, the commission cannot demand candidates and political parties to pay their nomination fees upfront before collection of nomination papers due to the intricacies of the law.

 She went on to state that the current law requires that the nomination fees should be deposited at the time of submitting the nomination papers, a situation which makes it impossible to filter the jokers.

 The NECOF meeting comes amidst calls for the entire commission to step down after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the ruling from the Constitutional Court which found the commission incompetent.

 The two court concurred that MEC failed to properly handle last year’s polls which led to gross irregularities.


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