Opposition Demands Reform of Electoral Body Ahead of Malawi Polls

Reacting to President Peter Mutharika's declaration that he would not fire the commissioners as recommended by parliament, civil rights activists and opposition parties say they will fight tooth and nail to ensure that the current cohort of Malawi Electoral Commission commissioners are removed from office. The Constitutional Court in February annulled the results of the May 2019 poll for "grave" and "widespread" irregularities, including the use of correction fluid on tally sheets.

MCP leader Lazarous Chakwera (in black) and UTM leader Saulos Chilima (in red) were also taking part in protests against last May election results (file photo).

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