MEC still operational despite office closures

The sealed MEC offices in Blantyre

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says its operations are still continuing despite Thursday’s sealing of its offices by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

The Commission’s director of media and communications Sangwani Mwafulirwa stated that bye elections in Liwawadzi ward in Balaka will be conducted and its programme will go as initially planned.

He pledged the Commission’s promise to the people in the constituency that by 5th March it will successfully hold a bye election to enable them elect their councilor.

Mwafulirwa described the action by HRDC as just symbolic as it will not stop the electoral body from discharging its duties adding that MEC has offices all over the country and that its head offices remains operational.

“We’ll still operate that’s what we can assure the nation whether somebody has locked it or not.

Mwafulirwa: Described HRDC's action as symbolic as its operations continue 

“We got a mandate given to Malawi Electoral Commission by the constitution of this country which is the supreme law of the land that we should deliver credible elections in this country

“Now this supreme law cannot be suspended or be put on hold just because somebody has sealed our office. We got means of how we’re going to deliver whatever we’re supposed to deliver,” assured the publicist.

He described calls for the Chairperson and her Commissioners to resign as premature emphasising that the issue has been dealt with successfully and thoroughly in all forums.

In their appearance recently before the Public Appointments Committee (PAC), Jane Ansah, Commissioners Moffat Banda and Linda Kunje made it so clear that they will not resign.

Mwafulirwa maintained that the status quo has not changed as that is their collective and official stand.