Govt does not want electoral reforms – Chiumia

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Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Grace Chiumia has claimed that the President Peter Mutharika led government does not want electoral reforms.

Speaking at Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rally on Sunday in Mzimba West, Chiumia urged Malawians to reject the proposed electoral reforms which are being advocated by Public Affairs Committee (PAC).

Grace Chiumia

Chiumia: We do not want the reforms

“I beg you people of Mzimba West, let us all reject this proposal. Join the President so that these people (PAC) don’t confuse you. Reject this. As government, we don’t support this. We don’t want it,” she said.

The minister added that the 50+1 percent system of electing a president is a waste of resources since when no one gets 50 percent of votes during elections a rerun is held.

“Money meant for reruns should be used in constructing roads, buying medicine in hospitals and many other things. I beg you people of Mzimba West, let us all reject this proposal,” she said.

Chiumia also accused PAC – which is advocating for the tabling and passing of the reforms – of being confused.

She said government engaged PAC on the reforms but the religious organisation is impatient.

Commenting on Chiumia’s remarks, government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi said the minister was not stating government’s stance on the issue but was only expressing her personal opinion.

Said Dausi: “Did she say what I am saying, I have been sent by government? Are Cabinet ministers not entitled to their personal opinion?” said Dausi.

PAC has since organised protests on December 13 to express disappointment over government’s failure to table the Electoral Reforms Bills and its handling of the Local government reforms.

The Electoral Reforms Bills include an amendment of Section 80(2) of the Constitution and Section 96 (5) of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act proposing 50+1 percent majority in presidential election.

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  1. This is quite unfortunate this Lady she is just innocent. I was at the meeting she didn’t say that ,but it is her fellow minister fighting her this is Jappie Mhango very evil man since he joined the party there has been panic in the northern region.Jappie has finished ghambi and now he want to finish Obama. I tell you Mr president This man is dangerous am Tigua Atola Nkhani Taht we should spoil others Kota NDIYE tad ha This is a Jappie work Fiti owe you killed hon Msiska and Mr President be CAreful
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  2. Koma mmene amaonekera Grace Chiumia ngati oyimba onsati uminister ndiye kuti unduna mmungowapasa pakuti amalipasani miyendo olo bwanji ,akuoneka ngati amasitha chambaso kwambiri amai amenewa

  3. The wonds or injuries of leadership wich malawi has is serious to be healed. Our leaders doesn’t give as hope how can a minister come openly saying mr president doesn’t this; that can show that pariament in malawi is nothing or laws of our country need an amendment where is the ruler that majority wins minority fail we can’t have gud thing if leaders are using their powers wishes. Stop that

  4. 50+1 ilibe ntchito sindikuona kufunika kwake kwa bill imeneyi kut ipange pass amene wa winner wa winner basi or asanafike 50+1 bola waaposa anzake

  5. She must be insane, DPP won elections in 2014 and by then there was not electoral reforms, where is the medicine and Roads?? Si ndalama amangogawana nde akanene kuti ziononga ndalama, Ndindalama yiti yomwe DPP siyinaononge??? Greedy people don’t fool Malawians

  6. Nkhaniyi ndi ya Dziko osati munthu payekha , kodi akhalapo mpakana liti kuti akane? si zapabanjatu izi ndi zamtundu wa Malawi . Mukati zimaononga ndalama ndi za nthumba mwanu ? Mufune musafune zitheka basi , pali wakukakamizani kukhala mmaudindo apa .

  7. Aboma simungagwirizane nazo kumene coz mukudziwiratu kuti zidzakuvutani ndi nyasi zanu mukutipakazi.Kumalawi kopanda magetsi,madzi ophatikizana ndi nyasi,kukwera mitengo kwazinthu,makani anthu akamakulangizani etc.51% ikunenedwayi simungafuke inuyo olo kamba ATAVINA PAMWALA

  8. Let Democracy lead us and peace prevail as well.i dont kno if this was a blessing for the Mtharika family to produce two presidents like chiefdom. 50+1 is a veri gud deal why is He denying?

  9. thus problem with DPP imakana zithu zopindulira aMalawi ……Bingu anakana section 65 lero winayu akukana Electrol reforms …..so does You people save Malawians or your needs?

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  11. Are the reforms for the government or the people? DPP initiated cashgate in district councils because it dod not want counsellors. The country stayed 10years without them. Staff were free to steal.

  12. Sometimes to keep quite its the best. Why they don’t want reform. That shows they have a plan to rig votes. Some saying Pastor. Does the pastor don’t eat,drink,walk ,talk. Chakwera is the same like you. Stop nonsense. What about a professor failing to come up with better solutions of electricity, infrastructure. They know that they will get 20%

  13. What do you mean government za zii. Osangonena kuti chipani cha Dpp bwanji. Do you know that it does not require to be your choice but the people’s to say that. Za ziiii let th people say not you or chiefs omwe amangoimira chipani cholamula zolizonse.

  14. Am surprised some of you munena kuti 50+1 can not work in malawi because during elections we have alot of candidates who contest when it comes to the presidential elections. That is a lie and I can give you an example of Liberia the elections which were held in October there were 20 candidates and the leading candidate had 30 plus percent of the votes and they are going to do the runoff elections in December. Whether you have 100 candidates but as long as people feel that you are the right man for the post you will achieve 50 plus nde tisamanamizane kuti we can’t have that system in malawi

    • Paul Ndolo you are the one who is not following the story mwina you don’t know what 50+1 is all about Justice Manolo Dorobo they say a wiseman don’t quarell with fools so you can call me brainless I won’t respond to that because there are some issues which are not supposed to be responded to. I know some of you don’t know what 50+1 is and you only follow the politics which is full of impunity leaders in malawi nde you can shut your mouth

    • My friend come to your senses why afraid of things u haven’t even tasted are u of old fashioned type of a person u think those pipo who r introducing this type of bills foolish they know what they’re doing why u and ur government r denying this bills if u know that it can’t work why not accept and give a try so that tomorrow u can say mwaonatu timanena zija don’t be afraid bro we are in a democratic world where we don’t just say no but we do Wat pipo want ok

    • Mr Chikondi Burnet Mkhura Cbm mwina you have mis interpreted my comment werengani bwinobwino because am in support of 50+1

  15. ithink kupanga zot zkutukule ndibwino coz mulimose dziko lamalawi anthu adzakhala chete unless adzabwere plezdent ochokera kumwamba basi

  16. Chiumia is not expressing her personal opinion as Dausi says, this is what the DPP has agreed on and it is clearly seen on the ground. Chiumia should realise that the money that the DPP government is stealing from the public purse is many times the amount that would be required for a re-run. Chiumia is only interested in her own cabinet position and her corrupt, thieving government and not for the country. Many people are missing the point! The issue is about putting in place laws that will make Malawi a better place. The electoral reforms would benefit our children and grand children. Chiumia should know.that.she will not live forever and that the young generation of today will need to find workable laws in their time of ruling and not.those that would bring conflict and fighting. Clearly Grace Chiumia and her DPP thieves are only interested in staying in power to steal more money. Chiumia’s pleas to the people of Mzimba West to reject reforms should be ignored. Malawi as a whole should support these reforms. If not put in place the DPP will rig the elections again. Do we still need DPP to continue with the power blackouts and the many other problems that we are experiencing????????

  17. Chiumia is not expressing her personal opinion as Dausi says, this is what the DPP has agreed on and it is clearly seen on the ground. Chiumia should realise that the money that the DPP government is stealing from the public purse is many times the amount that would be required for a re-run. Chiumia is only interested in her own cabinet position and her corrupt, thieving government and not for the country. Many people are missing the point! The issue is about putting in place laws that will make Malawi a better place. The electoral reforms would benefit our children and grand children. Chiumia should know.that.she will not live forever and that the young generation of today will need to find workable laws in their time of ruling and not.those that would bring conflict and fighting. Clearly Grace Chiumia and her DPP thieves are only interested in staying in power to steal more money. Chiumia’s pleas to the people of Mzimba West to reject reforms should be ignored. Malawi as a whole should support these reforms. If not put in place the DPP will rig the elections again. Do we still need DPP to continue with the power blackouts and the many other problems that we are experiencing????????

  18. Chiumia is not expressing her personal opinion as Dausi says, this is what the DPP has agreed on and it is clearly seen on the ground. Chiumia should realise that the money that the DPP government is stealing from the public purse is many times the amount that would be required for a re-run. Chiumia is only interested in her own cabinet position and her corrupt, thieving government and not for the country. Many people are missing the point! The issue is about putting in place laws that will make Malawi a better place. The electoral reforms would benefit our children and grand children. Chiumia should know.that.she will not live forever and that the young generation of today will need to find workable laws in their time of ruling and not.those that would bring conflict and fighting. Clearly Grace Chiumia and her DPP thieves are only interested in staying in power to steal more money. Chiumia’s pleas to the people of Mzimba West to reject reforms should be ignored. Malawi as a whole should support these reforms. If not put in place the DPP will rig the elections again. Do we still need DPP to continue with the power blackouts and the many other problems that we are experiencing????????

  19. Ka Alongosi Mungakhalako Chete Yayi? Alwayz U. Pido Has Tried 2 Feva U But If U Continue Doing This He Will Get Tied Of U & U Will Get Out Of Cabnet. Learn 2 Remain Quiet. Timakunyadirani, U Represent Us As The Only Woman Min From North Ask Pat Where Is She? Kamuzga Ni Fwiti Yayi Fwiti Nitilinganenge

  20. Chiumia is not expressing her personal opinion as Dausi says, this is what the DPP has agreed on and it is clearly seen on the ground. Chiumia should realise that the money that the DPP government is stealing from the public purse is many times the amount that would be required for a re-run. Chiumia is only interested in her own cabinet position and her corrupt, thieving government and not for the country. Many people are missing the point! The issue is about putting in place laws that will make Malawi a better place. The electoral reforms would benefit our children and grand children. Chiumia should know.that.she will not live forever and that the young generation of today will need to find workable laws in their time of ruling and not.those that would bring conflict and fighting. Clearly Grace Chiumia and her DPP thieves are only interested in staying in power to steal more money. Chiumia’s pleas to the people of Mzimba West to reject reforms should be ignored. Malawi as a whole should support these reforms. If not put in place the DPP will rig the elections again. Do we still need DPP to continue with the power blackouts and the many other problems that we are experiencing????????

  21. Chiumia is not expressing her personal opinion as Dausi says, this is what the DPP has agreed on and it is clearly seen on the ground. Chiumia should realise that the money that the DPP government is stealing from the public purse is many times the amount that would be required for a re-run. Chiumia is only interested in her own cabinet position and her corrupt, thieving government and not for the country. Many people are missing the point! The issue is about putting in place laws that will make Malawi a better place. The electoral reforms would benefit our children and grand children. Chiumia should know.that.she will not live forever and that the young generation of today will need to find workable laws in their time of ruling and not.those that would bring conflict and fighting. Clearly Grace Chiumia and her DPP thieves are only interested in staying in power to steal more money. Chiumia’s pleas to the people of Mzimba West to reject reforms should be ignored. Malawi as a whole should support these reforms. If not put in place the DPP will rig the elections again. Do we still need DPP to continue with the power blackouts and the many other problems that we are experiencing????????

  22. Ka Alongosi Mungakhalako Chete Yayi? Alwayz U. Pido Has Tried 2 Feva U But If U Continue Doing This He Will Get Tied Of U & U Will Get Out Of Cabnet. Learn 2 Remain Quiet. Timakunyadirani, U Represent Us As The Only Woman Min From North Ask Pat Where Is She? Kamuzga Ni Fwiti Yayi Fwiti Nitilinganenge

  23. Ndizomvesa chisoni kuti asogolerinso amipingo ina mosogololedwa ndi gulu lawo la pac,akulephera kuganiza kuti kuno tili ndi zipani zambiri zomwe zingapangitse 50+ singatheke.Bwanji osathesa zipani zinazo zisale ziwiri kuti 50+ yo itheke??.Kumalawi kunotu pulesidenti amawina ndi ma% osafika 50 chifukwa chakuchulu zipani.Chabwino monga mpingo wathu wakatolika titati tivotele mabishop pampando wausogoleri mumpingo komanso owina ayenera kupeza 50+ kuti akhale msogoleri,Mukundiuza kuti zitheka mmene achulukira mabishop achikatolika mziko muno???,kapenatu kuti azibishop inu mwasowa zopanda.Tiyenazoni tsiku lina nafe tizafuna chilungamo mumpingo.

    • Umbuli bwanji???.. amavota kawiri. Koyamba aliyense azavotera chipani chake. Kaya zilipo 10. Then azasankha ziwiri zomwe zili pa top kuti zipikisaneso.. now from there amene azapange score 50+1 ndiamene azawine u president. Which means president azakhala okondedwa ndi anthu more than 50% ziko lonse. Than zikuchitika pano zoti president owina ndi 35%.

    • Ukuonatu,ndianthu angati akuziwa zomwe ukunena kumalawi kuno?.anthutu zomwe akuziwa ndikuvota kamodzi ndipo 24hrs ikamatha aziwe zosatira,chifukwa anthu ena akuti mpofunika kuphunzitsa anthu zaubwino wa lamuloli kuti akazavota azakhalanso ndimwawi ovotela top 2 yamapulesidenti osankhidwa kuti apeze wama % ochuluka,komano amalawi ambiri saziwa chifukwa palibe wamphuzisa zimenezi,zomwe akuziwa ndikuvota kamodzi ndiye ndikuchuluka kwazipani mkuona akuti 50+ singatheke bola pakhale zipani ziwiri kuti 50+ isavute.koma chifukwa chakuona ngati chipani china chingawine lamuloli litasinthidwa popanda kufotokozera anthu,mkuona zipani zolephera zotere zikulimbikira kusintha mwachangu.

  24. Even in the time when we fought for multiparty the government didn’t like it ask Dausi and Ntaba they are close to you and they will tell you what really happened after referendum and first multiparty general election may be you were young!

    • iweyo tangonena what happened osat tifuse Dausi O Ntaba……ife ma phone number awo tilibe + walemba vc comment is not Ntaba O Dausi nde just tell us more…..osamatalikitsa nkhani amwene

    • Sankafuna matiparty koma poti anthu akafuna kusintha chinthu zimatheka nde akafuna kumchotsa amchosa pitalayo pampando waplezidenti (ask mugabe in zimbwabwe)

    • Don’t you know people wanted multipartyism? While government was resisting (kukana) Are you a stranger in Malawi or you were still being breast fed lol!

  25. I thought she will say Malawians don’t want electoral reforms. It was who put us who put you there. Kuti muzaziwe kuti wina pati panu waba muzanene kuti tonse tisatuluke tiyitane a police azaseche. Okanayo ndiye waba.

  26. That idea its useless at this time. How can one emerge victory with 50+1 with 59 presidential candidates? Malo moyamba kuchepetsa zipani zitsale ziwiri zokha then kumapanga zanuzo. Dont make laws out of pitty,politics will humble you. Big up gvt! All idiots start insulting my opinion now!

    • Zinthu zimakhala motere. Opikisana amapikisana First Round. Then Electoral Commission picks the best 2. Kenaka kumakhala ma alliance a zipani zpsiyana siyana nkuzapanga Second round ndi ma best 2 aja. Then Amalawi timakasankha the best. Pamenepo 50% + 1 imatheka zingabvute maka.
      IMENEYO NDE DEMOKALASE imene maiko ambiri amasatira Ku Africa kuno including Zambia yeni yeniyi.

    • It’s possible even with countless political parties.
      There are different formulas.
      e.g . Percentage of total number of people who casted their ballots.
      Whether they are only hundred people you still come with a percentage, it’s where the public needs to be taught.

    • Just because someone has a different opinion than yours ..does not make them idiots. You are the first one name calling others without even giving them platform….that is not democracy

    • Even atakhala anthu 100,komabe 50% ndi anthu 50. So can one be voted with 51 people enawo kugawanapo anthu 49? You will find out leading one is getting 34…..wina 27….wina 16……wina 7…..and so on. kenako adzafuna kubwereza chisankho,then with which economy?

    • kwa anthu ozindikira ndiokonda dziko lino amene amafuna litatukuka this bill is a good one. koma kwa osafunira dzikoli zabwino sakudziwa zimene bill yi ikutanthauza nkumanena tima reason tosagwira ngati iti. Even titapanga zisankho ka 5, money 4 zisankho will always be there. Why njenjenje with this bill? Utsamunda unatimera mizu, we still think we can’t do some things which anzathu akukwanitsa bwinobwino

    • #vissuon i know,but my worry is,so many parties….its easy with atleast only two parties. like last election,president won with almost 35% of the votes,meaning ma vote amagawidwa kwambiri chifukwa too many candidates unlike when we have few parties. coz other parties were getting,1%,3%,7% because they were there. had it been were only three parties like,pp,dpp,mcp owina 50% ikanakwana coz all people would only focused on those candidates

    • At first I thought this electoral reforms bill is just some other issue but looking at it critically and the way it is gathering momentum,with tempers rising in some quarters, I now realise this issue deserves adequate and urgent attention. Is it not time we have a referendum on this one so that every Malawian should be heard?

    • Sindine wandale koma ndili ndi funso:kodi presient atawina ndi 50+1,ndekuti dziko lingatukuke kwambiri chifukwa akufunidwa ndi ambiri.?ndimaona ngati chitukuko ndi mtima wa Mtsogoleri?

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