Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) has expressed concern over the delayed appointment of new commissioners of the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec).
In a statement released on Wednesday, Mesn notes that the delay in the appointment of the commissioners may have catastrophic effects on the 2019 tripartite elections.
“As it is well known, the term of the old commissioners expired on 18 May, 2016. It is also the case that the President [Peter Mutharika] assured the nation during his meeting with the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) on April 21, 2016 that come May 18, 2016, the Malawi Electoral Commission would have new commissioners and there would be no vacancy,” reads the statement in part.
According to Mesn, the development is worrisome as it will affect preparations of the 2019 tripartite elections.
“Legally there is no Commission in place at the moment to oversee the day to day affairs of the Commission and the electoral process,” reads the statement.
The statement which has been signed by Mesn Board chairperson, Steven Duwa, calls upon the President to exercise the powers conferred upon him by the Electoral Commission Act Section 4(1) to appoint new Commissioners as a matter of urgency.
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