BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has confirmed 23 June as a date for the fresh presidential poll following an instruction from the Clerk of Parliament.
In a statement signed by the newly appointed MEC Chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale , the Commission informs candidates and their respective political parties, all registered voters and all electoral stakeholders that it will publish in the Gazette, 23 June, 2020, as the date of polling for the Fresh Presidential Election (PPE).
“This is in compliance with the formal communication from the Clerk of Parliament dated 9th June 2020 informing the Commission of a Parliamentary Resolution of the same date. The said communication indicated that this Resolution was passed on the basis of the Supreme Court of Malawi decision of 8th May, 2020 directing the House to appoint the date for the Fresh Presidential Poll,” the statement reads.
The Commission, however, has indicated that the decision to publish 23 June, 2020 as the polling date was arrived at with “considerable hesitation arising from practicalities of holding a genuine and credible election in view of logistical challenges that the Commission anticipates in implementing steps towards the holding of the polls.”
According to the MEC Chairperson, the Commission will engage directly with all the contesting candidates to appraise them of the anticipated challenges and to explore reasonable mitigation measures for purposes of ensuring delivery of a credible, free and fair election.
On Monday, Malawi Parliament set 23 June as date for the Malawi Electoral Commission to conduct fresh presidential election
The motion was moved by the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) Mzimba North lawmaker Yeremiah Chihana and it was seconded by Lilongwe Mpenu MP, Eisenhower Mkaka of Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
But commotion ensued in the House when the House adopted a motion by Chitipa East Parliamentarian Kezzie Msukwa to gazette the June 23 date for the fresh election.
MPs from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vehemently protested against the decision.
MEC, during a meeting with the National Elections Consultative Forum (NECOF) which comprises all election stakeholders in the country last week, announced that in view of the Supreme Court’s ruling on May 8 the Commission had revised the fresh presidential election date to June 23 from July 2.
Ansah said with the Supreme Court’s clarification on the date for fresh election the Commission found June 23 to be an appropriate date for the poll.