State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has complied with a 2nd June 2021 High Court order by appointing four new commissioners of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) with effect from 9th June, 2021.
High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda ruled that Jean Mathanga, Linda Kunje, Arthur Nanthuru and Steven Duwa were not dully appointed and ordered fresh nominations from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 10 days’ time.
In a Press Statement, Secretary to the President Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi said the President has also exercised his powers under Section 4(4) of the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Act of 2018.
“In compliance with the judgement of the court of 2nd June, 2021 in the case of Malawi Congress Party and President of the Republic of Malawi with Dr. Jean Mathanga, Ms. Linda Kunje, Mr. Steven Duwa and Mr. Arthur Nanthuru cited as Interested Parties, and in exercise of his powers under section 4(4) of the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Act 2018, His Excellency the President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has appointed the following commissioners of the Electoral Commission with effect from 9th June, 2021,” reads the statement.
The four are Richard Chapweteka from MCP, two former Cabinet Ministers Francis Kasaila and Emmanuel Fabiano and Caroline Mfune from DPP.
The new commissioners have replaced Steve Duwa, Jean Mathanga, Linda Kunje and Arthur Nanthuru whose appointments were nullified by the High Court following MCP’s General Secretary Eisenhower Mkaka summon against President Chakwera that former President Peter Mutharika did not follow laws by appointing four commissioners instead of three as required by the law.