DPP govt. says no money for LL rerun polls

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Malawi Congress Party candidate Ulemu Msungama might have had won the polls case in Court but his trials are not over. Now he has to keep banging doors if the polls are to happen.

Minister of Finance and Economic Development Goodall Gondwe has said government has no money at the moment to hold fresh polls in Lilongwe South East constituency as ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeal on Monday.

The Supreme Court annulled the 2014 Lilongwe South East Parliamentary elections results and ruled that there should be a rerun on grounds that there was rigging.

Goodal Gondwe

Goodall Gondwe says govt has no money for the elections.

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member Bentry Namasasu was declared winner of the 2014 election but the court ruling means that he is no longer a Member of Parliament.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, Gondwe said government has no money for the fresh polls.

“We don’t have money at the moment for the polls in Lilongwe South East constituency and we have to source it from somewhere,” said Gondwe in a brief interview.

Earlier this week, Malawi Electoral Commission’s Acting Chief Elections Officer Thandie Nkovole said in a press statement that the elections will be held anytime soon.

“The commission wishes to advise all stakeholders that it is putting in place measures to hold the rerun as soon as practicable. The Commission notes that this will be the first time on record that there will be a rerun of this nature in the electoral history of the country,” said Nkovole.

However, Nkovole said they were critically studying the court’s ruling as well as provisions of the existing electoral laws in order to come up with an acceptable procedure in conducting the rerun.

Meanwhile analysts have described the court ruling as a win for democracy in the country.

 

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  1. Dpp nzeru zawo zimathera pafupi kwambiri ndalama za rerun palibe mpamene ena mukumakhala ndi ndalama zochululuka ma ministers. Akanakhla ku Thyolo mwezi weekend mutapanga chisankho or mukadakhala kuti mukutha kutumikira a malawi mwezi zitakhala zachangu koma popeza ndinu anthu olephera akuba osatha kunena chilungamo ndipo crooks mukuwopa. Ulendo uno musamale mupeza mavuto ochuluka mukapitiriza zomabera zisankho mwamva

  2. Inu a DPP musatitopetsepo apa. Ngati a court alamula inu mukuyenera kupanga zomwezo. Mukuti ndalama palibe koma inu mukuba ndalazo. Ingotengani zidapezeka kunyumba kwachapaonda kuja, zimenezija ndizambiri zitha kukwanira kupangira rerun election. Mukudziwiratu kuti Msungama ndiye owina wina. Pano amalawi ambiri tikufuna kupereka boma kwa MCP tsopano. Boma la mbabva tatopa nalo. Mwadya zomwezi, tionana 2019