Malawi Fresh Elections Re-Set For 23 June

The legal Affairs Committee of Parliament has agreed with the recommendation from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to conduct fresh presidential elections on 23rd June 2020.

Chairperson for the Committee, Kezzie Msukwa disclosed the development on Thursday after meeting with MEC Chairperson Justice Dr. Jane Ansah and the Anthony General Kalekeni Kaphale over the matter.

Msukwa said Parliament would enact a law setting 23rd June as the date of the fresh presidential election.

The Committee has since asked the Commission to continue preparations for the fresh presidential polls with the date of 23rd June, 2020 in mind.

During the meeting, Dr. Ansah informed the Committee of the challenges the commission was facing to procure all necessary materials, in particular ballot papers, in the wake of Covid-19 and that there is a budget deficit of K8 billion.

Justice Dr. Ansah said there is no local security printer in Malawi and securing ballot papers might disrupt the calendar.

Malawi will hold fresh presidential elections following the nullification of May 2019 elections by the court.

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