As the court sits at this moment, let me fulfill my promise to shed light on the question of the extension of vote determination process. This issue relates to the requirement to announce the national result within 8 days.  This is not a constitutional requirement but a legislative one. Much as I hate quoting laws directly, this one I will: ‘The...

Tel. +265 (0) 1776 181 STATE HOUSE P.O. BOX 807 CAPITAL CITY LILONGWE 3   THE STATE OF 2014 TRIPARTITE ELECTIONS IN MALAWI AS OF TUESDAY 27TH MAY 2014 Political developments in the past few days have been challenging to Malawians and have put to test the country’s democracy and governance institutions. These developments, however, have to be...

Ufulu on 27th May

BLANTYRE (MaraPost)–President Joyce Banda and her People’s Party (PP) led government has dismissed reports that a State House truck loaded with ballot papers marked Joyce Banda has been impounded by Area 30 Police. According to State House Press Secretary, Steve Nhlane, the reports are being spread by Galaxy Radio, which was belongs to...

Ufulu on 26th May

BLANTYRE, May 26 (Marapost) – The Civil Society Grand Coalition for the Defence of Democracy and Good Governance on Monday expressed fears that the current state of affairs of an electoral dispute could lead to a failed election “with a huge cost to the nation if left unchecked.” “We appeal to all stakeholders to uphold the rule of law and...

Many election stakeholders and commentators had foreseen this year’s general election to be highly contested and that has become true. It’s interesting and somehow sad that some things which could not be predicted have emerged after people have casted their votes. The after-month of vote casting, the following things have been clearly manifested:...

Ufulu on 26th May

  Another win for the DPP and  Professor Peter Mutharika, they had asked the court to stay the decision by MEC not to announce the results of the polls until a contested recount has been conducted.   The lawyers for the DPP said the ruling effectively means that MEC can announce the results once they finalize the vote tabulation process currently...

There is a notion which as I gather has been endorsed by the High Court to the effect that the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has no power/mandate/competence to order and undertake a “recount of the votes”. Below I advance the view that this notion is wholly misinformed; based on a deliberate circumvention of clear legal provisions and trite...

Ufulu on 26th May

On Tuesday, November 7, 2000, a presidential election was held featuring Democratic candidate, Vice President Al Gore, versus Republican candidate, George W. Bush. After the polls closed, it became apparent that the outcome of the very tight race would hinge on the results in Florida. At 2:16 a.m., early Wednesday morning, TV networks began declaring...

Ufulu on 26th May

This Parliament will be exciting indeed. First, congratulations for my good friend, Juliana Lunguzi. It was risky to voluntarily walk out on an international job for your passion to serve your folks in Mua. We know you did not make this decision for fun.     And, hey, Jesse Kabwila, too, is going to Parliament. My! I cannot imagine the academic freedom...

Janet Karim on 25th May

Vote recounting will be challenged in court. Why demanding for recount yet official results are not out? Which are the centres affected and by what figures? Can the figures affect the results? Why has this problem been discovered at National Tally Centre and not at polling centres, constituency tally centres or district tally centres? Why did monitors...