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Mec’s Sam Alfandika resigns

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Chifundo Kachale

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Sam Alfandika has resigned from his position almost two years after taking part in managing the election that the courts later nullified.

Political scientist Boniface Dulani has described the move as long overdue, saying: “This should give the commission an opportunity to hit the reset button under the new leadership.”

Mec chairperson Chifundo Kachale said in a statement released Wednesday that the electoral body received a notice of Alfandika’s resignation on Monday.

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Kachale said the Mec CEO had already proceeded on his accrued annual leave pending the effective operation of the resignation.

“In the meantime, the commission shall be meeting to discuss the relevant modalities for filling the vacancy arising from this development, bearing in mind the critical role of this office in the effective discharge of our business at all levels,” the statement partly reads.

In an internal memo that we have seen, Alfandika announced that he has secured another opportunity at the United Nations as an international elections advisor.

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Meanwhile, Kachale has also disclosed that Mec has been formally notified that commissioners Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje were granted an order stopping their removal from the commission and to permission to commence judicial review proceedings.

“This, therefore, means that our composition reverts to what it was prior to the delivery of those letters on 12th April 2021,” Kachale’s statement adds.

It adds that Mc will convene a formal meeting within the next week to deliberate on the next appropriate steps in view of the return of the two commissioners.

The Office of the President and Cabinet wrote Kunje and Mathanga, advising them that their appointment as Mec commissioners had been rescinded on the premises that the courts found them incompetent in how they had managed the 2019 elections.

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