BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—As date for fresh presidential election remains uncertain, the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament has assured Malawians that by 3rd July, 2020, the country will have a new president out of the presidential poll.
speaking to zodiac radio this morning, chairperson of the parliamentary committee Kezzie Msukwa said Malawians should be ready and they should keep their voting IDs safe.
“Malawians should be ready. They should have their IDs close by their suitcases or ward-ropes because there will an election in this country. And that election wills see a president being ushered in out fresh presidential election. By the third of July we will have a president in this country,” said Msukwa.
Msukwa also expressed optimism that parliament will meet soon to discuss issues including the electoral matters that came out of the Supreme Court ruling in the election appeal case.
“I would say that resolve of the sitting of parliament is that of the speaker and the president. I therefore believe that the speaker and the president are talking and seeing to it that parliament meet for various reasons. Among the reasons I do believe that after sitting as a committee of parliament we will be able to come with a position that will necessitate that parliament should be able to sit as urgent as possible so that we can consider the issues that came out from the ruling of the court,” he said.
But besides transacting electoral-related matters, which may include setting a new date for the election, the National Assembly also needs to debate and pass the 2020/21 National Budget by June 30.
Speaker Catherine Gotani-Haratold the media that she cannot tell when the House will meet as she is still consulting with the President as the law requires.
Asked if there was some urgency for the House to meet considering its role in the court-ordered elections, Hara said: “I cannot tell you when, but consultations with the President are in progress, that is all I can say.”
In March, the National Assembly set May 19 for the fresh presidential election, but the Constitutional Amendment Bill which contained the date for elections failed to get the required two-third majority vote.
The date was later approved through an amendment to the Presidential and Parliamentary Act, which the President did not assent to.
Later, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) set July 2 2020 for the fresh polls, only to change tune that it is not mandated to set elections date, but the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, MEC already opened the official campaign period, which will close 48 hours before the-yet-to-be known polling day.