Malawi’s president appoints new election boss ahead of re-run

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has appointed a new electoral commission chairperson ahead of a presidential re-run.

The Constitutional Court had in February ordered a fresh presidential election be held within 150 days after annulling last year’s re-election of President Mutharika – a ruling upheld by the Supreme Court.

President Mutharika appointed Justice Chifundo Kachale to head the commission.

He also appointed new commissioners, namely Arthur Nanthuru, Steve Duwa, Jean Mathanga, Linda Kunje, Anthony Mukumbwa, and Olivia Liwewe.

Malawian Members of Parliament are due to meet to decide on the exact date for the election – Meanwhile, one of the proposed dates is 23rd of June this month.

The former commission chairperson Jane Ansah resigned amid criticism by the opposition on how she managed the disputed election.

The new chairperson will have a task to deliver a credible presidential election that has been demanded by the opposition