Govt defies PAC’s ultimatum on electoral reforms

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Malawi government through Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has disclosed that it will maintain its pace on handling electoral reforms bills despite the six day ultimatum by Public Affairs Committee (PAC).

Recently, Minister of Justice and Constitution Affairs Samuel Tembenu said government cannot skip important stages to please the religious group.

Samuel Tembenu Malawi Justice Minister

Tembenu says Govt can not please PAC.

Tembenu added that the bills are yet to go through some stages despite PAC pushing for their tabling within six days.

On Thursday, PAC petitioned President Peter Mutharika and Speaker of National Assembly Richard Msowoya to have the electoral reforms bill tabled.

PAC threatened to hold mass demonstrations if government fails to table the bills within the days given.

The religious body PAC has been advocating for electoral reforms bills to pass into laws. Among others the bill is to witness President elect having more than 50 percent of votes during elections.

Meanwhile some opposition parties have joined calls to have the bills tabled during the current sitting of Parliament.

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  1. One Thing I Know Is Come 2019, God Will Give Us The Right Leader, With Or Without Electrol Reforms. God’s Choice Will Have 38% And The Loosing Parties Will Share The Remaining 62% With The Highest Geting The Usual 36%, In That Day You Will Regret Ignoring Electrol Reforms.Muzan

  2. A REPEAT OF WHAT, PAC TO HELL WITH YOUR PROPAGANDA, WHO PUT ON THAT POSITION, IT IS NOT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DICTATE ON GOVERNMENT ON WHAT TO,GOVERNMENT IS NOT ANSWERABLE TO PAC,THE GOVERNMENT IS ELECTED BY ORDINARY CITIZENS AND NOT YOU PAC,PAC SHUT UP! Go ahead with your demonstrations

  3. this bill will only benefits politicians not ordinary malawians coz u can see the way pac is acting. it shows they already know what they will get by the end of the day.and also the rural poor was not consulted about the bill.pac kulemerera dzina la amphawi

  4. this bill will only benefits politicians not ordinary malawians coz u can see the way pac is acting. it shows they already know what they will get by the end of the day.and also the rural poor was not consulted about the bill.pac kulemerera dzina la amphawi

  5. Well the voice of man is the voice of God. The minister may wish to look at history and learn something from that. It is an open secret that the documents were submitted in time at least from what was uttered by government officials. Now that this is being reversed is really a mockery of the public. Please listern and do what Malawians want you to.

  6. Since multiparty was introduced no party or leader has performed well during the 2nd term than the 1st! And for Malawi to have this Dpp re elected in 2019 that will mean the worst of all than the situation is today!

  7. To begin with,I had been resting assured kuti PAC is fully represented and standing for the common interest of Malawian citizens. To my surprise,zikuwoneka kuti they lack consultation or they do not have muscle to withstand political interference.Hoping for the better anyway.

  8. You should not be fooled people about electoral reforms.50 + whatever is good but , does it really matter to the voters?
    Presidential candidate is required to have first university degrees? But u want the voters to vote without any university degrees?
    If the voting is the constitutional rights for a person, why you want to impose university degree to any presidential candidate? It’s like cementing a block to some people who want to make a significant change to human beings.
    What we want is best men & women who are willing to implement development programs focusing on uplifting poor people lives.

    • Which degree does Jacob Zuma did?which degree does bakili muluzi helped him to win first mutparty election?,which degree does idiamin Dada former president of Uganda, which degree does gadafi did?usogoleli ndimphaso from God,musanamizidwe ndi maphunzilo pano anthu ukupanga degree ali pakhonde kunyumba,pompano mai wafuko wapasidwa uprofessorship from Chinese xul ndemuzit ingathandize munthu kutsogolela?, ngat mukukamba za degree it shows kut zinthu zinasintha so let also electro process to change Malawi is for all and accommodate all views rember the system will be for any party contesing

  9. DPP knows that 50+1 can’t make them win an election. But my foot! They are Thrives, Failures, Corrupt etc yet they want to be in government again after 2019? Hmm DPP spare our future, get out of government. All Malawians of good will cannot accept to be ruled by you again! Even some repented DPP Cadets advocate for change now. Hmm please table the bill, and you will prove that you fear Chakwera, a man of sound mind with high integrity!

    • POOR ROBBINS BANDA! Poor minded as your observation and comment herein,reveals to the public you are no longer worth being a human,cause whenever people hear about MCP fresh memories of their murdered relatives,confiscated properties,raped wives,and myriad attrocities including the latest watergate scandle incurs,and there you are supporting the same in full swing,its unbelievable.

  10. Tawafunsani makape amenewa,ine ndikukhulupira kuti mkulu uja sachedwa kulembera azungu kalata uja analemba zidandaula ndiye madonor awalusila aoac ali mukapanda kutero no chithandizo ndiye kukuwakutu

  11. Kumeneko ndiye timati kuyankhula kwaanthu okhwima mzeru,osaopa makape apac madonor aoankkiza ndiye akufuna adxinamizira kuti anthu tawatuma,liti anabwera kudzatifokozera ubwino wabill imeneyi ife mkuvomereza?

  12. Why the rush on electoral reforms……? Was there enough consultation? Do people in the villages know this bill?

    • That is the problem, if laws are made just for targeting others then as a country, we should all be ashamed.Even if MCP is in government today, there is no guarantee that all our problems facing Malawi show be eliminated completely.
      50+ 1 is expensive & it brings confusion to the ordinary citizens.

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