Parliament adopts June 23 as election date

Malawi parliament legal affairs committee

The Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament on Friday, adopted a resolution for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to publish in the gazette the 23rd June, 2020 as the date for the presidential election re-run.

The resolution follows a meeting which the Committee conducted with former chairperson of the Commission, Justice Dr. Jane Ansah, SC and the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale, SC on Thursday, 21st May, 2020.

In its ruling of 8th May, 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeal mandated Parliament to fix a date for the fresh presidential election and for the elected president to be sworn in within 150 days from the date of the ruling of the Constitutional Court ruling of 3rd February, 2020.

Former MEC chairperson Justice Ansah

"The Committee therefore resolves that the date for the holding of the fresh presidential election shall be the 23rd day of June, 2020 and accordingly the Electoral Commission, shall in terms of Section 48 (1) (b) of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act, duly publish in the gazette the 23rd June 2020 as the date when the fresh presidential election shall be held," reads the resolution.

Consequently, Parliament is expected to write to the Attorney General to prepare the necessary bills to support the holding of the presidential election.

On Thursday this week, Parliament advised MEC to tentatively continue with preparations for the forthcoming elections based on the understanding that the polls will be held on 23 rd June, 2020.

Chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee Kezzie Msukwa explained that this will eventually be put into the laws and that the house will on Friday have a clear picture on the date issue.