Opinion: Keeping Malawi’s Tripartite Elections Calendar Inviolable

By Maxwell Chisala Although Malawi’s constitutional-experiment survived its biggest test arising from the now-confirmed bungled 2019 Presidential election, Malawi’s ballot-box democracy experiment will continue smarting from Parliament’s self-serving legislative decision to extend its current tenure beyond the constitutionally prescribed five-year term, long after books on ‘widespread, systematic and grave’ irregularities and anomalies that seriously compromised the integrity of the results of Malawi’s sixth ballot box democracy-experiment are closed and a new chapter on managing elections has opened up.  Parliament’s self-serving legislative action was a selfish and ill-considered response to a…

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