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Malawi flesh elections slated for 2nd July 2020

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by Maneno Chimulala

Malawi Electoral
Commission (MEC), led by its chairperson Jane Ansah, has settled for July 2,
2020 as the date for the much-awaited flesh presidential elections following
the nullification of the 2019 presidential election results by the Constitution
Court on 3rd February this year.

In an apparent
reference to the Constitution Court order that fresh elections must be held
within 150 days from the day of the landmark ruling, Ansah said 2 July is the
149th day from 3rd February.

 “Today, I am
pleased to announce to you that the Commission has done its groundwork and is
ready to hold these elections on 2 July 2020. Please not that 2nd July
2020 is the 149th day from 3rd February 2020,”
Said Ansah.

Ansah said MEC shall
register those that have turned 18 or will attain voting age by 7 June 2020 or
never registered as voters during the 2019 Tripartite Elections and the three
by-elections held thereafter.

“All voters who
registered during the 2019 Tripartite Elections and the three by-elections held
thereafter, need to go and confirm if their names appear in the register for
their respective centres.

“Those that have
changed residences, should report to the new centres to process transfers,” she
said.

Ansah further said
that those who lost voter certificates must go and get duplicate certificates
at their respective centres.

 “All people that
lost their voter certificates can go and get duplicate certificates at the
centre they registered last time during this time of voter registration. The
commission encourages everyone to present themselves for registration on time
as it does not have provision for time extension,” said Ansah.

The Constitution
Court, comprising five Judges annulled the 2019 presidential elections that saw
Peter Mutharika securing a send term in office, arguing it was marred by
irregularities.

But MEC filed an
appeal at the Supreme Court challenging Constitution Court ruling, and hearing
of the appeal is expected to start mid-April.

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