By: Vincent Gunde
The Human Rights Defenders Coalition ( HRDC), has called for the immediate resignation of Dr. Jane Ansah, Judge of Supreme Court of Appeal, sc. as chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission ( MEC).
The HRDC has asked her to honorably step down in the next two weeks ( 14 days) from 4 th June, 2019.
This is contained in an open letter signed by the organisations two National Chairpersons, Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence dated 4th June, 2019.
It said it would use all legally acceptable means and actions at their disposal after the 14 days against her if she fails to resign.
In the letter, the HRDC find her approach and altitude in handling electoral stakeholders’ complaints about the results management component of the 2019 tripartite elections, scandalous and unacceptable.
The letter says Malawi’s electoral process has become a subject of international ridicule because of the way she mismanaged the results infavour of her preferred candidate, president professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, while subverting the will of ordinary Malawian voters.
It says many observers raised red flags on malpractices and irregularities including tipp- exed results sheets, denying copies of results sheets to party monitors, and electoral staff being found with pre_ filled results sheets.
The HRDC take the view that Justice Ansah wrongly dismissed the complaints and went ahead to announce election results that were not credible.
It faulted Justice Ansah on the way she handled the 147 electoral complaints she told the nation that she was addressing that up to date, no one knows how she specifically addressed the problems as the process was not done in a transparent manner.
However, Lilongwe on Tuesday, witnessed the second huge demonstration denouncing the election results claiming it as tipp_ exed.
The demonstrators carrying placards and banners calling for president Mutharika to resign had to go in each and every government office at the capital hill in Lilongwe telling civil servants to stop working claiming that the country has no president.