HRDC Takes Protests to Parliament

HRDC Takes Protests to Parliament

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leadership has announced that they will lead Malawians in holding a vigil at Parliament tomorrow as they seek to force Members of Parliament (MPs) to pass Electoral Reforms Bill as guided by the Constitutional Court.

HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo made the announcement during a press briefing held in Lilongwe today.

HRDC Will Closely Watch MPs

He said the nation does not want the MPs to snub electoral laws that were rejected before especially the 50+1 system of determining the winner.

“We will start a vigil at Parliament tomorrow. MPs will not be allowed to get out of the House until the Electoral Reforms Bill is passed,” he stated.

He then called for Malawians to join HRDC in the vigil aimed at monitoring the passing of the Bill.

The Constitutional Court nullified the May 21 vote and ordered fresh elections using the 50% +1 system to determine the winner in the polls, among others.

Meanwhile, Mtambo has condemned the attacks Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters directed on the Constitutional Court judges yesterday as they were demonstrating in Blantyre.

DPP supporters took to the streets demonstrating against court ruling on the presidential election which was nullified by the constitutional court on 3 February on grounds that the polls were mismanaged and marred by irregularities.

According to Mtambo, the DPP has insulted, disrespected and threatened the judges through the content of their banners and their songs.

“DPP has the right to demonstrate but they should not threaten the judges because they stood for Malawians by making justice prevail on the 21 May Presidential election.

“Malawians are in solidarity with the judges and we will protect them,” he added.

He called on President Peter Mutharika, who is the DPP leader, to condemn his supporter’s acts.

On the enquiry Public Appointments Committee has been conducting on Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioners, Mtambo said if President Mutharika rejects the recommendations the committee makes, they are going to fight for justice because MEC is incompetent as declared by the court.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition has been holding demonstrations across the country from last year demanding for the resignation of MEC Chairperson Dr. Jane Ansah and all the Commissioners accusing them of mismanaging the 21 May elections.

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