MEC speaks tough on political violence


The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has warned that it is to suspend Tuesday’s by-elections in places where political violence continues to threaten security of people.

Speaking in Lilongwe on Friday, MEC chairperson Justice Jane Ansah said the electoral body has powers to cancel the by-elections if violence continues in places where elections are to be held.

Jane Ansah

Justice Jane Ansah: Violence will delay the by-elections.

“If there is violence in any polling place then they will delay the by-elections because MEC has responsibility to suspend the elections,” said Ansah.

She added that MEC officers visited some constituencies where violence was reported and warned that the body is to suspend Tuesday’s by-elections if the situations continue scaring people.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters recently clashed in Nsanje where several people suffered injuries.