The Electoral body, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it has complied with the formal communication from the Clerk of Parliament dated 9th June, 2020 informing the Commission of a parliamentary Resolution as directed by the Supreme Court of Appeal to conduct Fresh Presidential Election on 23rd June, 2020.
The Commission says the decision to publish the polling date has been arrived at with consideration hesitation arising from the practicalities of holding genuine and credible Election in view of logistical challenges that the Commission anticipates in implementing steps towards the holding of the polls.
In a statement signed by MEC chairman, Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale says the Commission is promptly seeking to engage directly with all contesting candidates to appraise them of these anticipated challenges and to explore reasonable mitigation measures for purposes of ensuring a delivery of a credible, free and fair Election.
HRDC chairperson, Gift Trapence announced that he will mobilize Malawians to hold demonstrations on the 24th June, 2020 if the Election fail to take place on the slated date amid reports that the government side is not happy with the date which they think they were ambushed by the opposition side in the tabling of the Election date in Parliament.
Meanwhile, the CCAP Livingstonia Synod has written a letter to all of its Presbytery Clerks that according to the Parliament’s decision, voting for the President will be on 23rd June, 2020, that from 22nd – 24th June, 2020, the Synod office Departments and institutions will be closed to all people in order to prepare vote well.
President Prof. Peter Mutharika has till today not spoken on anything regarding Parliamentary decision to hold the Fresh Presidential Election on 23rd June, 2020.