Following the ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal regarding the May 2014 parliamentary elections results for Lilongwe City South East
Constituency, the Commission wishes to advise all stakeholders that it is putting in place measures in place to hold the re-run as soon as
practicable. The Commission notes that this will be the first time on record that there will be a re-run of this nature in the electoral history of the country. To that extent there is need for critical study of the judgment delivered March 6, 2017 and also provisions of the existing electoral laws in order to come up with an acceptable procedure in conducting the rerun. Since the judgement was only delivered on 06th March 2017, the Commission has already engaged the Judiciary to get a copy of the ruling at the earliest time possible and will, thereafter, convene a meeting of the Commissioners to plan the way forward.
The process of holding elections involves engagement of several public offices and the holding of the re-run will depend on how fast the other
institutions can assist to the process. Stakeholders should be assured that it has always been in the interest of the Commission to fill up vacancies as soon as possible once they arise so that people in constituencies and wards continue to enjoy representation in Parliament and councils respectively at all times. The Commission is appealing for patience, understanding and support of all electoral stakeholders in this process as has always been the case. The Commission undertakes to update the public on progress.
Should you need further information or update on progress please contact the Media and Public Relations Director, Sangwani Mwafulirwa on 0 881 375 349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signed this 7th day of March, 2017 at Blantyre
Thandie Nkovole Acting Chief Elections Officer