Tags: MEC

Court dismisses case against MEC

  The High Court in Blantyre on Tuesday dismissed a case in which independent candidate for Limbuli Ward in Mulanje Limbuli Constituency, Derek Safari, wanted the court to reverse Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) determination on winner of the 2014 polls for the ward. The determination takes the number of electoral cases dismissed by the High…

Low turnout in by-elections

Tuesday’s by-elections in Zomba Chisi Constituency, Ngala Ward in Lilongwe Msozi North Constituency and Mtope Ward in Mchinji West Constituency were characterised by a low voter turn out. Reports from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) correspondents, The Nation and Malawi News Agency (Mana) journalists on the ground indicated that most polling centres opened around 6am with…

67 000 registers for by-elections

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says 67 564 voters have registered to vote in the by-elections scheduled to take place on December 22 2015. MEC will hold the by-elections in Zomba Chisi Constituency, Ngala Ward in Lilongwe Msozi North Constituency and Mtope Ward in Mchinji West Constituency. According to a statement from MEC, 15 330…

Parties mum on funding

  Figure heads! That is the tag that suits treasurer generals of Malawi’s political parties, including the big four. They hold the titles, but it is their party presidents that keep the money, and only the presidents know sources of the funds. Such is the scenario in Malawi politics where in typical style of ‘from…

MEC in dilemma

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is seeking input on the review of constituency boundaries but faces the dilemma of whether to increase the 193 constituencies. MEC chairperson Maxon Mbendera, speaking in Blantyre on Monday during the opening of a Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (Bridge) programme on Boundary Delimitation, said there is a…

MEC applauds AU support

  The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it cherishes financial and human support it gets from the African Union (AU) which allows it to conduct Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (Bridge) trainings. MEC chairperson Maxon Mbendera said this when he opened a Bridge training on electoral dispute resolution for MEC commissioners and management…

By-elections results tomorrow

Official announcement of results for today’s Local Government by-elections will be made tomorrow from 1:30pm in Blantyre, Malawi Electoral Commission-Mec has said.   Voting is underway in five Wards, namely Khwawa in Karonga, Chibanja in Mzuzu, Msikisi in Mangochi, Zomba Central and Luchenza in Thyolo. Meanwhile, Mec chairperson Maxon Mbendera has urged the electorate to…

AU trains MEC staff ahead of 2019 elections

The African Union (AU) has called for the need for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners and staff to be introduced to new reforms in the electoral processes if the country is to have credible elections in 2019. Samuel Atoubi, AU Commission senior political and elections officer for the Department of Political Affairs, said this at…

Audit reveals abuse at MEC

A preliminary National Audit Office (NAO) report has exposed “flawed and faulty” financial transactions at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) that left an estimated K1 billion (US$2.2 million) unaccounted for between 2008 and 2012. Some of the anomalies the NAO audit unearthed include questionable refunds to candidates in the 2009 general elections, cheque payments that…

MEC to assess first-past-the-post system

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said yesterday it has embarked on reforms that include assessing the current first-past-the-post voting system. MEC commissioner Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri said this when he opened a Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (Bridge) Training on Electoral Systems in Blantyre yesterday. He said the training will provide knowledge and equip MEC commissioners,…

MCP loses confidence, angry with Mesn

Malawi Congress Party(MCP) on Saturday expressed a vote of no confidence in Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn), describing the civil society organisation’s (CSO) conduct during the May 20 Tripartite Elections as deplorable. MCP secretary general Gustave Kaliwo expressed his party’s sentiments during a two-day National Conference on Electoral Reforms held under the theme ‘Fostering Genuine Democratic Processes and Outcomes…