We'll make Malawi ungovernable, opposition threatens

2016-10-30 11:03
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Lilongwe - Main opposition party the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has threatened to render the southern African nation ungovernable if the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) fails to table electoral reforms in parliament.

According to Nyasa Times, MCP demanded that the Malawi government bring an electoral reforms bill to parliament next month, following a report by the African Union (AU) Election Observation revealing that the current system must be reviewed in order to ensure that power is not abused.

"We are demanding that government should bring to parliament, all relevant electoral reforms Bills and if government is not ready, the president must resign or we will call for civil disobedience," MCP spokesperson Alekeni Menyani was quoted as saying.

In addition, Meyani advised that the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)'s national office be relocated to the country's capital of Lilongwe in order to ensure live coverage of election results from polling stations "so as to avoid manipulation of tally sheets".

"All these have to be passed during the next meeting of parliament or else we will make this country 'peacefully' ungovernable," MW Nation quoted Meyani as saying. 

President Peter Mutharika has gone on the record in the past urging the electoral commission to resist temptation to introduce changes to the current electoral system as there are more "real and genuine" national concerns.

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