HRDC Dares APM On Electoral Laws

HRDC Dares APM On Electoral Laws

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition has issued a seven day ultimatum to President Peter Mutharika to expedite assenting to the bills into law and institute a new Electoral Commission.

The coalition issued the ultimatum during a media briefing held in Lilongwe today afternoon.

HRDC Lockdown

The grouping has threatened that if President Mutharika fails to act within the stipulated timeframe, a 5 million March will be mobilised to protest at state residences.

Recently, the HRDC sealed Malawi Electoral Commission offices citing lack of legitimacy among current Chairperson and Commissioners.

HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo said even though as provided by law the president is given 21 days to sign the bills passed by Parliament, the President is expected to act with some sense of urgency.

“The President will appreciate the urgency this matter requires. We hope it won’t require any further noise that already made,” said Mtambo.

He further urged Mutharika to show statesmanship in accepting the seasons of change and abide to the will of Malawians.

The HRDC has since commended Parliament for demonstrating what he described as loyalty to the country in passing the long awaited electoral reforms bill.

The electoral reform legislation has been passed amid growing resistance from the governing DPP.

Meanwhile, the grouping has cancelled vigils that were scheduled to take place at Parliament to force MPs to expedite the enactment of the laws to accommodate the electoral reforms as recommended by the Constitutional Court.

Five ConCourt Judges

The court annulled the 2019 presidential vote citing irregularities and ordering fresh polls in 150 from the day the verdict was made.

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