HRDC in MEC protest

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) is today set to hold demonstrations to shut down Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) offices to force the electoral body’s chairperson Jane Ansah and other commissioners to resign.

But Ansah, speaking to the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament on Wednesday, said she would not resign until the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal faults her.

The rights body argues that the Constitutional Court’s declaration in the nullified presidential election case that MEC acted incompetently in managing the election is reason enough to force the commissioners out of MEC.

Mtambo said in an interview they had preparatory meetings on Wednesday with Malawi Police Service, city councils and Malawi Defence Force (MDF) representatives where they made known their intention of shutting down MEC offices.

He said: “MEC chairperson Jane Ansah, all MEC commissioners and senior secretariat staff, particularly the chief elections officer [Sam Alfandika] should resign on grounds of incompetence and undermining the will of majority Malawians.”

Mtambo said the fact that the matter is still in court does not stop people from exercising their right to demand electoral justice.

In Blantyre, the city council has stated that only five HRDC leaders will be allowed to proceed to MEC offices from Mwaiwathu Hospital. In Lilongwe the protests will start from Lilongwe Community ground via Mchesi to Kamuzu Central Hospital Roundabout via Amina Roundabout to Crossroads Roundabout then turn off to the Civo Stadium on to Mtunthama Drive to MEC offices in Area 3.

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