Justice Ansah's fate today

Peter Mutharika
  • Mutharika working on her resignation letter- Mgeme

President Peter Mutharika is today expected to decide the fate of the embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Justice Dr. Jane Ansah, SC.

Justice  Ansah on Thursday told the state broadcaster, MBC in an exclusive interview that she had written the appointing authority announcing her resignation because she respects the law. 

“ I have written the appointing authority that I am stepping aside because I respect the judgement of the Supreme Court not the demonstrations.

"That’s why I stood through during the demonstrations but the highest court has spoken. Yes I have to step aside,” said Justice Ansah.

Mutharika’s spokesperson, Mgeme Kalilani has confirmed to Kulinji.com that the President received the resignation letter from Dr. Ansah and that by  close of business today the decision will be made.

“Yes I can confirm that the President has received a resignation letter from Dr. Jane Ansah resigning as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission. The President’s reaction to the letter will be known before close of business today [Friday],” said Kalilani.

On the contracts of MEC Commissioners who will run their course early next month, Kalilani said all adminstrtaive processes will be followed before their time expires.

“I can assure you that all administrative process required from the President for the Constitution of a new commission will be followed before the contracts of the current commissioners expire,” he said.
Justice Ansah was appointed as MEC chairperson in 2016 and she goes into Malawi’s history to have led the nation to presidential elections marred by serious irregularities leading to nullification.

Both the High Court sitting as the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court found the MEC chairperson and the commissioners incompetent.

The country goes to poll to elect the president on June 23 this year.