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Alfandika Resigns as MEC CEO

Alfandika Alfandika - file photo

Malawi Electoral Commission Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika, has resigned from his position.

The Commission's Chairperson, Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale, has confirmed the development in a statement.

"We received Mr. Alfandika's notice of resignation on Monday, April 26, 2021.

"The Commission will meet soon to relevant discuss modalities of filling the vacancy arising from the development," said Justice Kachale.

Alfandika's resignation notice partly reads; "my resignation notice is due to the fact that I will be taking up another challenging opportunity with the United Nations family as International Elections Adviser."

Meanwhile, MEC says it may now resume regular discharge of its constitution and statutory functions.

In the statement, the Commission says this follows a formal notification that commissioners, Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje, applied for and were granted permission to commence judiciary review proceedings and order staying the decision to rescind their appointments as commissioners of MEC.

Dr. Kachale says in the statement that "MEC shall convene a formal meeting within the next week to deliberate upon the next appropriate steps in view of this development."

Thereafter, it adds, the Commission will issue a revised calendar of its events, outlining the implementation of its activities which were suspended.

Alfandika and the two Commissioners have been under fire for mismanaging 2019 polls which the courts nullified.

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