Opposition rejects Malawi Electoral Commission Bill

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Parliament on Wednesday referred the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Bill to Legal Affairs Committee after concerns over the Executive’s role in appointment of MEC commissioners.

The bill is one of the six electoral reforms bills the House is expected to discuss during the current sitting.

Lazarus Chakwera

Opposition MPs have argued that such a move would not ensure independence of the commission.

The MEC Amendment Bill seeks to ensure independence of the commission by establishing the Elections Management Fund.

It is also expected to introduce changes in the appointment of MEC commissioners by creating a panel which will be tasked with selecting the commissioners.

However, the inclusion of the Chief Secretary in the selection panel worried opposition Members of Parliament who argued that such a a move would not ensure independence of the commission.

But Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu said the Chief Secretary as head of the civil service has a role to play in the administrative affairs of the Electoral Commission.

In the end, It was agreed that the bill should be sent to Legal Affairs Committee for scrutiny.

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  1. Azibusa kkkkkkk lalikirani zaufumu wa Mulungu osati za ma bill anuwo lero mwaona akukanirani mmaso mulimbe mW anti phwii ngati akukumetani 0/100

    • How many Opposition party MPs in the house now and how many Parliamentarians for both Ruling and Opposition Parties coz from my understanding DPP has only 52 MPs ngati sindikulakwitsa and yesterday i heard that those who voted for Bill to pass were 64 and those who did not were 97 do you mean ma MPs a DPP amavota kawili kawili to make sure that the bill must not pass?? In malawi we have PP, UDF, AFORD AND Independent Parliamentarians as well so why you guys put a blame on DPP??

    • My friend all DPP MP’s voted against the Bills together with their PP friends who visited State House 2 weeks ago and the usual idiotic UDF (except Lucius Banda).
      All MCP MP’s voted for the Bills.
      Listen to the deliberation nokha osati zopekazo

  2. A PAC anaumiriza bulu kupita Ku tsinje kuti akamwe madzi pamene buluyo samafuna, lero buluyo wapita Ku mtsinjeko koma wakanitsitsiratu kumwa madziwo kkkk a PAC phuma,mutu zweee! boma kukana ma bill obweretsa okha,otsutsa kukamwa yasaaaaah

  3. Bravo ma bill ausilu kumawashuta chomwechi ndie tione makape aja a pac mwina adutsitsa ndi a mcp kupanga lamulo sikufuna phuma kumafunika kudekha ndi kuunika bwino bwino osamangopanga malamulo ngati mu kupanga a nyumba mwanu kudos kwa aphungu mwathandidzira kushuta bill yi mmakonda dziko lanu

  4. Bravo. Stand firm and reject any nonsense. You represent constituents and not yourselves. Love your people instead of the money on offer. God is watching.

    • How many Opposition party MPs in the house now and how many Parliamentarians for both Ruling and Opposition Parties coz from my understanding DPP has only 52 MPs ngati sindikulakwitsa and yesterday i heard that those who voted for Bill to pass were 64 and those who did not were 97 do you mean ma MPs a DPP amavota kawili kawili to make sure that the bill must not pass?? In malawi we have PP, UDF, AFORD AND Independent Parliamentarians as well so why you guys put a blame on DPP??

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