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Mec shutdown on today—HRDC

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has said all is set for demonstrations meant to shutdown Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) head offices in Blantyre today.

HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, said all logistical challenges have been addressed with all stakeholders.

“We have been having meetings with all stakeholders, city councils, the police and Malawi Defence Force soldiers to ensure that all goes according to plan,” he said.

Mtambo said Mec offices cannot be beyond Malawians who technically employ everybody working there, including the commission’s Chairperson Jane Ansah.

“We are the landlords of everyone at Mec, be it Jane Ansah, the commissioners and the secretariat. We are going there to tell them ‘go out we want new commissioners and staff to manage the next elections’,” he said.

Ansah is clinging to her position despite that the court nullified the presidential election results saying they were marred by irregularities.

But addressing Public Appointment Committee of Parliament Wednesday, Ansah said she will not resign until the issue is exhausted at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

“The ruling of the Constitutional Court is not the end of the litigation. If the Supreme Court says we did wrong, then, yes, I will resign,” she said.

But Mtambo said Malawians cannot take Ansah seriously saying she keeps on changing positions.

“Firstly, she told Malawians that decisions of the Constitutional Court are not appealable but she has just appealed. She said she would resign after the court ruling but now look,” he said.

HRDC has been organising anti-Ansah demonstrations since Mec declared President Peter Mutharika the winner of the May 21 election.

On February 3, a panel of five judges hearing the presidential election case nullified the election and called for fresh polls within 150 days, following Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM’s Saulos Chilima’s successful appeal.

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