An angry mob has reportedly smashed an official vehicle of presidential aide Hetherwick Ntaba amid heightened speculation the ruling party officials were bribing presiding officers with K300 000 each to manipulate poll results.
A local radio station says Ntaba was whisked away after 10 people descended on him at Chimutu tally centre in Lilongwe.
“It is believed that Ntaba was being followed by some people who were using a tinted quantum bus which had about 10 people on board,” says the report.
Some monitors allege that Ntaba, who is a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official. went to the tally centre as a roving monitor.
“However, the people from the quantum bus started stoning him when he was approaching his car. Ntaba left in a hurry, his car having its lens and windscreen smashed,” said the monitors.
This comes barely hours after police in Nsanje arrested a constituency returning officer for Nsanje central Fred Thomas for manipulating poll results in favour of the DPP.
Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah said two presiding officers in Mangochi and a roving monitor have been arrested in Mangochi and Mulanje respectively for tampering with the election results.
She refused to give the names of the suspects during a press conference on Thursday.
Ansah said the commission has dispatched a team of investigators to Lilongwe, Phalombe, Mulanje, Thyolo, Chikhwawa and Nsanje where similar incidents have been reported.
She then asked the police and the Anti-Corruption Bureau to be alert and vigilant in a bid to stop the electoral malpractice.