MEC chairperson Kachale

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), under the leadership of the ‘overrated’ Justice Chifundo Kachale, has been ordered by the High Court in Blantyre to stop fresh registration of  voters in constituencies whose 2019 election results were nullified over irregularities.

The decision by the court follows an injunction which was obtained by independent candidate for Mangochi North East Constituency Martin Nyengo through lawyer Chimwemwe Kalua stopping Mec from registering new members until the court interprets if it was necessary to do so.

The court has also ordered that only candidates who competed in the 2019 parliamentary race in the affected constituencies should take part in the fresh polls.

This means that the commission will disqualify all candidates that have already presented nominations papers but they did not compete during the 2019 elections in Phalombe North, Mangochi West and Mangochi North East constituencies.

 “It is true that the High Court has ruled in our favour. What it means is that the Commission will use the 2019 voters roll during the November 10 fresh polls. In addition to that, there will be no new candidates who will take part in the fresh polls,” Kalua said as quoted in the Times.

Mec Director of Media and Public Relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa said the electoral body will soon meet to discuss the court’s determination and map the way forward to make sure that the November 10 electoral calendar is not affected.

Justice Kachale who took over the leadership of the electoral body from embattled Justice Jane Ansah, startled Malawians when he directed Mec to conduct fresh registration of voters in Mangochi North East Constituency in readiness for November 10 by-election.

People thought Kachale could think along the lines of the the Supreme Court of Appeal judgment in presidential election case which made consequential order that in the nullified elections no new voters should not be registered because their votes were not stolen.

Following the decision of the court, only Karonga Central Constituency which fellow vacant after the death of Malawi Congress Party legislator Cornelius Mwalwanda and Lilongwe North West Constituency which became vacant when President Lazarus Chakwera resigned to compete in the presidential election on June 23, will be allowed to follow all the traditional electoral processes such as registration of voters and receiving nomination papers from everyone willing to compete.

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