Ansah steps down as MEC Chair

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Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Jane Ansah has resigned amid public pressure over massive irregularities in the 2019 presidential election.

Ansah told the state controlled MBC last night that she has notified President Peter Mutharika of her decision to step down. 

She stressed that she is not resigning due to pressure from public protests but in adherence to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the appeal of the elections case.

Since the outcome of the 2019 presidential election, Malawians led by the rights group Human Right Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have been holding a series of anti-Jane Ansah protests across the country.

The grouping was scheduled to hold nationwide protests pushing for Ansah’s resignation next week Thursday.

Her decision to resign also comes as the mandate of commissioners ends on June 5.

“At the moment there are no legal process, and that is why I have written to the appointing authority that I am stepping aside because I respect the judgement of the Supreme Court, not the demonstrations, that’s why I stood through the demonstrations,” Ansah said. 

Ansah added that though she is yet to receive a response, she is hopeful that her request to step down will be put into consideration.

Meanwhile the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee seems to have settled for next month as the date for the ballot.

The committee met with the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale and Ansah on Thursday to discuss the poll date following the Supreme Court’s verdict in the elections appeal case.

During the meeting, the parliamentary committee instructed MEC to make preparations for the election while eyeing 23 June as the polling day.

 

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