Fresh elections to cost Malawi 60 mln U.S. dollars

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-12 22:27:53|Editor: huaxia

Justice Jane Ansah (C), the chairperson of the electoral body, announces the results of the presidential election in Blantyre, Malawi, on May 27, 2019. (Xinhua/Peng Lijun)

The fresh election in Malawi is to cost Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) about 60 million U.S. dollars, MEC chair has said.

BLANTYRE, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The fresh election in Malawi is to cost Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) about 60 million U.S. dollars, MEC chair has said this week.

In her appeal statement, MEC chair, Jane Ansah said that holding of the polls in July this year, as directed by the Constitutional Court, could be impossible, saying there is need to gather enough resources and preparations for it to be successful.

She further proposed that the elections to happen within 261 days, not 150 days as directed by the court earlier this month.

She further argued that the statutory periods for procurement, transport challenges and all other necessary exercises would make it not feasible to have the polls within the stated period.

The development came after the constitutional court directed that MEC should conduct fresh elections because of irregularities that were involved during the voting process and counting of votes, including the use of Tipp-ex without proper direction and supervision.

Malawi president, Peter Mutharika, has described the constitutional court's nullification of last year's presidential election results as flawed and an attack on the country's democratic systems.

Mutharika was declared the winner in the May 21 presidential elections in 2019 after garnering 38.5 percent of the vote following a stiff competition from the opposition.

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