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Pac AGM to tackle political stalemate

Public Affairs Committee (Pac) will tackle the post-election stalemate during its Annual General Meeting slated for December 18 and 19 in Blantyre.

A tentative programme for the meeting which The Daily Times has seen shows that a paper titled ‘Political and Legal Scenarios in line with the Current Electoral Stalemate—An Opportunity for Reforms’ will be presented.

Pac Executive Director, Robert Phiri, said the paper speaks to the theme of the meeting which is Committing Our Renewed Actions and Efforts towards Electoral and Constitutional Reforms for the Socio-economic and Political Development in Malawi.

“The theme and the paper present the gist of the issues the board has adopted. These things are talking to the current political situation, electoral process and how we see ourselves in the next few years. The board has also given us a go ahead to develop other documents for the meeting,” he said.

Phiri said this is an elective conference where all positions in the committee’s board will be contested.

So far Pac’s Board Chairperson, Reverend Felix Chingota and Publicity Secretary, Father Peter Mulomole, have served mandatory two terms of office.

Phiri confirmed that the current board has members who have served their mandatory two terms but said he needed to analyse the entire board to come up with names who can contest again and those who cannot.

During the meeting, the committee’s mother bodies the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Muslim Association of Malawi, Qadiria Muslim Association of Malawi, Malawi Council of Churches and Evangelical Association of Malawi have the right to replace their trustees or maintain them.

Pac has been engaging electoral stakeholders to find lasting solutions to the current post-election tension.

The quasi-religious institution is the only body to have met President Peter Mutharika, Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jane Ansah, Human Rights Defenders Coalition leadership and political leaders in its pursuit of peace.

Pac also championed Electoral Reforms Laws which were shot down in Parliament before the May 21 elections.

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