Malawi Electoral Commission has hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andrew Mpesi , who has replaced Sam Alfandika.
This is the first time ever since the dawn of multiparty politics in the country, MEC has hired a professional Chief Elections Officer.
Malawians can now be assured of free, fair and credible 2025 presidential election with Andrew Mpesi as the Chief Elections Officer and Justice Chifundo Kachale, the great MEC chairperson.
This is a great departure from the 2019 polls messed up by Sam Alfandika and chairperson Justice Jane Ansah. Both had strong links to the Democratic Progressive Party.
Apart from being professional, Mr Mpesi has an impressive academic and career track record.
He is a Governance Specialist with more than 15 years of working experience.
He has worked in the academia, public sector, private sector and civil society.
He has expertise in political party organization, elections and political processes, parliamentary strengthening, social accountability, local government administration, party manifestos and promising tracking among others.
He currently works for USAID Malawi as Governance Specialist.
He holds Master of Arts (Political Science), Bachelor of Arts (Public Administration) and Postgraduate Diploma in Health Systems Management.
He is studying for PhD in Development studies at the University of Malawi.
He has lectured Political Science at the Catholic University of Malawi.
He is also engaged as Part-time Lecturer in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.
He has served as External Assessor for Public Social Accountability Monitor (PSAM) examinations at Rhodes University-RSA.
He also serves as an Associate for the MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC)-Arusha Tanzania.
He has worked on part-time contract as Master Trainer for Democracy Works Foundation-RSA which is implementing Southern African Political Parties & Dialogue (SAPP&D) programme that aims at strengthening democratic institutions and capacity of political parties in Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Lesotho.
He has worked for ActionAid Zambia and ActionAid Malawi as Head of Fundraising and Partnership, and National Project Manager respectively.
He has published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He has served as a Reviewer for the Malawi Journal of Social Sciences.