June 2020 Presidential Election: A Democratic Milestone for Malawi

The time has come for us to go beyond dreaming. We all must wake up because this is the time to rise from slumber and to make our dream come true.

President Lazerus Chakwera in his inaugural address on Sunday, June 28 2020

Nurse Lucius Chinumbi, a former Medic to Medic student, writes about this democratic milestone for Malawi, the hotly disputed re-run of last year’s presidential election.

President and Vice President of Malawi
President Chakwera and Vice President Chilima

Malawians exercised their democratic right on 23 June 2020 to elect a Republican President in the wake of the nullified May 2019 presidential election. The successful holding of the fresh presidential election has been a result of concerted efforts from various non-state and state electoral stakeholders and the citizenry at large.

We wish to extend our hearty congratulations to His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, the 6th  President of the Republic of Malawi, and Rt. Hon. Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President.

From their manifesto, it is hoped that they will commit to fight corruption, enforcing the rule of law and constitutionalism, quality public service delivery, economic development for all which is the true meaning of leadership which is at the service of citizens and national unity.

The duo are in a political alliance named “Tonse Alliance.” They emerged the winners with 59% of the vote. They were announced the winners on 27 June by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Malawians recognize the critical roles played by the MEC, Malawi Defense Force (MDF), Malawi Police Service (MPS), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the media and fellow citizens for attaining this democratic milestone amidst political, institutional and financial hiccups and uncertainties that Malawi is facing lately.

Social and political commentators and other societies have since hailed the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as displaying a very high level of professionalism in presiding over the fresh election. It is further gratifying and commendable that the newly constituted MEC, which has been in office for only two weeks, has effectively delivered the election while facing acute financial deficiencies.

Such competence and exquisite capacity in handling the polls has restored the public trust in election management in Malawi which was lost in 2019 tripartite elections as the presidential elections were nullified by the constitutional court. The outcome of this election is a democratic milestone for Malawi.

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