Statement on sudden death of MEC Chairperson

A dark cloud has befallen the Commission.

It is with deep regret that the Malawi Electoral Commission announces the sudden death of its Chairman, His Lordship Justice Maxon Mbendera SC today at City Centre Clinic in Lilongwe.

The Chairman was in good health earlier in the day but felt unwell around 11am and was taken to Lilongwe Private Clinic. He died shortly after admission.

Justice Mbendera SC was appointed Chairman of the Malawi Electoral Commission on 10th October, 2012. His four year term is due to end on 9th October, 2016. During his stay as Chair of MEC he presided over the first-ever Tripartite Elections and two sets of by-elections thereafter.

The Commission will miss his leadership. Our prayer filled thoughts of peace and comfort go out to his family and all those deeply grieved by his passing.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Signed this 18th day of August, 2016 at Blantyre

Harris Potani

FOR: Chief Elections Officer