MEC Commissioners Get Court Summons
Four of the new commissioners of the Malawi Electoral Commission have been served with court summons that require that they make responses within seven days from Thursday, according to MEC chairperson judge Dr. Chifundo Kachale.
Dr. Kachale told reporters at a late evening press briefing that although he had not seen the summons himself, he was informed that they had something to do with the commissioners' appointments.
He said this explaining why he was only with three commissioners during the press briefing on the preparedness of the commission.
"We have proceeded with this event because we have business to do," he said.At the adhoc press briefing Thursday evening, MEC announced that treasury has committed to release K10bn of K20bn shortfall on its budget for the fresh presidential election by mid-morning Friday.
MEC chairman Dr. Chifundo Kachale said treasury made the commitment after multi-stakeholder discussion involving his commission, chairpersons of several committees of parliament, finance minister Joseph Mwanaamvekha, Budget Director and the Reserve Bank Governor, among other stakeholders.
Dr. Kachale disclosed that minister Mwanaamvekha had reservations with release of funds fearing that the proposed means would disrupt government business.
Eventually, however, it was resolved that the funds be released for the MEC to be able to execute its functions as ordered by the Constitutional Court.
Kachale generally feels all is on course ahead of the fresh presidential election slated for Tuesday June 23 although a K10bn is still short on the MEC budget.
He said ballots are expected in from the printers in Dubai-UAE-around mid-day Friday and shall be taken straight to districts for all the 5002 polling centres.
Meanwhile, it has been made public, the United Nations has made available trucks for the MEC to use given the shortfalls in that area at the moment.
On a request by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition-HRDC-for MEC to move the national tally centre to Lilongwe from Blantyre, judge Kachale said given the available time to the election and the tasks before them, that is not a priority issue.
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