Malawi’s vice president Saulos Chilima and speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara have turned to the courts for intervention after President Peter Mutharika refused to fire Malawi Electoral Commission head Jane Ansah.
The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) and a parliamentary committee found Ansah to be incompetent to hold the position after allegations of vote-rigging and other irregularities surfaced in relation to last year’s presidential election.
The two bodies recommended that the president fire Ansah and nine other commissioners, but Mutharika has not done so.
International news agency AFP said Chilima was also suing the commissioners for their refusal to resign and was seeking a stay order to stop them from working.
“Following the judgment by the Constitutional Court, the MEC commissioners’ continued presence in the office is both unconstitutional and illegal,” AFP quoted Chilima’s attorney Chikosa Silungwe as saying.
The lawyer said the team was waiting on the court to give a hearing date.