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Parties yet to name Mec commissioners

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The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are yet to submit new names to be considered as Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) commissioners, a day before the expiry of the High Court-set date.

The High Court sitting in Lilongwe on Wednesday faulted former president Peter Mutharika for appointing four names to represent his DPP instead of three as per the law.

High Court Judge Kenyata Nyirenda nullified the appointments of four Mathanga, Linda Kunje, Steve Duwa and Arthur Nanthuru, due to the irregularity in their appointment. commissioners, namely Jean

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State House Press Officer Brian Banda said Monday, during the State House briefing in Lilongwe, that President Lazarus Chakwera expects leaders of the parties to write him, informing him about nominees for appointment.

“Chakwera respects the law and he is adhere to the court order,” he said

MCP spokesperson Maurice Munthali said the party would present the name within the court-given time.

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Munthali said the party would maintain the name of Richard Chapweteka, who was among the three names which were earlier submitted to Mutharika, only for him to be left out.

“We, as a party, were already prepared to present the name to the President. It was only sad that the former president diverted the law deliberately. We will present the same name which was there initially to be considered.

DPP spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira could not be certain on whether the party’s president had already submitted the name but confirmed that Mutharika would abide by the law.

“All I can confirm now is that the president is committed to respecting the order of the court and will, therefore, submit the names. Whether he has already submitted the name, that I don’t know, but he intends to respect the court order,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mec has maintained that it will not extend the period for voters’ verification exercise for the by-elections in Nkhata Bay Central Constituency and registration in other wards in the country.

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