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Malawi's president appoints new election boss

Malawi's president appoints new election boss


<p><strong>Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has appointed a new electoral commission chairperson ahead of a presidential re-run.</strong></p> <p>The country’s Constitutional Court 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.</p> <p>The former commission chairperson Jane Ansah resigned amid criticism by the opposition on how she managed the disputed election.</p> <p>President Mutharika on Sunday appointed Justice Chifundo Kachale to head the electoral commission.</p> <p>He also appointed new commissioners, namely Arthur Nanthuru, Steve Duwa, Jean Mathanga, Linda Kunje, Anthony Mukumbwa and Olivia Liwewe.</p> <p>Malawian MPs are due to meet to decide on the exact date for the election – one of the proposed dates is 23 June.</p> <p>The new chairperson is expected by voters to deliver a credible presidential election devoid of irregularities as ordered by the courts.</p> <p><strong><em>Agencies</em></strong></p>
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