Tags: Elections Malawi

MHRC queries DPP’s victory

Taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has described the May 20 Tripartite Elections as lacking fairness, transparency and credibility and questioned the legitimacy of the eventual winner and incumbent President Peter Mutharika. But Mutharika’s governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has reacted angrily to the release of the report, saying the elections were “a closed chapter”. The party…

Court nullifies Lilongwe City SE election

The High Court in Lilongwe has today ordered Malawi Electoral Commission to conduct fresh elections in Lilongwe City South East constituency where a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate Ulemu Msungama challenged the results which found that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Bently Namasasu winner. However, the court has not specified the period during which the…

JC, PLSCE pass rates improve by 1%

The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) in conjuction with the Ministry of education, Science and technology has released the 2014 Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) and the Primary School Leaving Certificate (PLSCE) examinations results which indicate an improvement of about one percent in pass rate compared to last year’s results. According to a statement released…

Drivers seal Lilongwe MEC offices

About 50 irate drivers besieged the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) offices in Lilongwe yesterday demanding payment of their outstanding allowances which the commission promised to settle soon after the end of the May 20 Tripartite Elections. Speaking in an interview with The Nation, leader of the drivers Sezario Kanyangala said they decided to close the…

New Pac to reviewcashgate reports

Parliament’s new Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is set to review reports of the previous committee which summoned various stakeholders, including former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo, on how billions of taxpayers’ funds were siphoned from government coffers. PAC, which was constituted during the first meeting of the new Parliament elected in the May…

Vote recount stopped in Lilongwe

The scheduled recounting of ballot papers for Lilongwe City South East Constituency stalled yesterday after the disputed winner, Bently Namasasu, obtained an injunction stopping the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) from proceeding with the exercise. The High Court in Lilongwe ordered the recount at three centres; namely, Chilinde School, City Council office and Mlodza F.P. School…

Budget gaps delay by-elections—MEC

Some voters will have to wait longer to elect councillors and legislators as the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is grappling with funding woes. The Republican Constitution obliges the electoral management body to hold by-elections within 60 days from May 20, when Malawians went to polls to elect a president, members of Parliament and ward councillors.…

MEC proceeding with K560m appeal case

Malawi Government will cough nearly K600 million if MEC successfully appeals against the eligibility of four members of Parliament perceived to have gone to May 20 polls while holding public office. In March, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) disqualified the legislators—Salima North West’s Jesse Kabwira, Karonga South Malani Mtonga, Nsanje South West Joseph Chidanti Malunga…

How the mighty faired in polls

Latest results released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Wednesday show some heavy weights lost embarrassingly in the parliamentary elections, while a few won by wide margins. Here is how some notable figures performed in the race, according to MEC. Well known candidates who excelled include President Peter Mutharika in his Thyolo East Constituency…

EU mission explains election anomalies

The European Union 2014 Elections Observation Mission (EU EOM) has attributed wide ranging anomalies that characterised the May 20 Tripartite Elections results to lack of training, general fatigue of polling staff and complicated closing and counting procedures. In its final report issued in Blantyre on Wednesday, the EU EOM explained that the challenges faced by…

No rigging took place–EU mission

The European Union 2014 Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) yesterday said it did not find any evidence of rigging in the May 20 Tripartite Elections, adding that the final outcome would not have changed even if a recount had taken place. Presenting its final report and recommendations for future electoral processes in Malawi, EU EOM…

Msowoya is new Speaker, Mcheka Nkhoma is first deputy speaker

Parliament has elected Malawi Congress Party vice president and Member of Parliament for Karonga Nyungwe Richard Msowoya as Speaker of the National Assembly. The House has also elected Esther Mcheka-Chilenje as First Deputy Speaker. Voting for Second deputy speaker is still underway. The new Speaker, who replaces Henry Chimunthu Banda, was elected with 101 votes…

Morocco, Nigeria, Namibia congratulate Mutharika

King of Morocco Mohammed VI and Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Hifikepunye Pohamba of Nigeria and Namibia respectively have congratulated newly-elected President Peter Mutharika, saying they look forward to strengthened bilateral relations. In separate statements, the leaders have also wished Mutharika success in his mission to achieve the aspirations of Malawians “for further progress, prosperity, security…

Parties demand urgent constitutional review

Some political parties in the country have called for an urgent constitutional review, arguing that the current Constitution does not augur well with democratic principles and political fair play. This comes hot on the heels of the May 20 Tripartite Elections, which were marred by controversy, resulting into delay in announcing the results. In an…

Cashgate tool for persecution—PP

Former president Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP) has expressed fears that the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is set to persecute its ‘innocent’ members linked to the Cashgate scam. The party also says it does not have full trust in President Peter Mutharika’s offer of an olive branch, describing it as “misplaced and mere lip…

Women flop in elections

The number of women that have made it to Parliament in the May 20 Tripartite Elections has dropped compared to the 2009 general elections. This is despite NGO-Gender Coordinating Network (NGO-GCN) calling on the electorate to vote for women during the election. Official results announced by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) show that 32 women out…

PAC reminds Peter on pledges

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has reminded newly elected President Peter Mutharika on the pledges he made before the May 20 Tripartite Elections to declare his assets within three months after election and ensure implementation of Section 65 of the Constitution which deals with crossing the floor. PAC held presidential interface meetings with all candidates in…

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