One of the country’s political experts has expressed dissatisfaction over government’s reluctance to provide funds for the Mchinji West by-elections.
Government last week announced that it has withheld funding for the by-elections saying the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) management cannot be trusted to manage the polls because of reports of abuse of public funds at the electoral body.
Due to the reports of looting of public funds, MEC also sent seven of its employees on forced leave in order to pave way for investigations.
But one of the country’s political commentators Happy Kayuni told the local media that it is unfortunate that the by-elections in Mchinji will not take place because of suspension of the employees at Malawi Electoral Commission and lack of funding.
Kayuni who is associate professor of public administration at Chancellor College described failure to hold the Mchinji West by-elections as something that is not good for Malawi’s democracy.
“It is disappointing that this has taken place during the time when the body was about to hold an election at Mchinji West constituency and it is a setback to democratisation,” said Kayuni.
He added that there is need for MEC to have commissioners who are success oriented.