Ansah claim MCP intimidated her: SKC exposed her dislike for Muslim runningmate
Beleaguered Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah has told the Parliamentary Public Appointments Committee (PAC) inquiry that she was intimidated by main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) monitors at the National Tally Center before announcing the May 21 2019 presidential results.
PAC is holding a court instituted inquiry to establish the capacity of the commission to hold fresh elections following the Constitutional Court’s nullification of the Tippexed presidential election.
Responding to a question whether MEC had scrutinized all the results sheets before announcing the winner, Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal said they and that all party monitors had already been served with the results sheets and results.
“By the time of announcing the results, all the results sheets had already been scrutinized. All the party monitors had already been served with the results. I remember UTM monitors noted that their presidental candidate Dr Saulos Chilima’s total had a deduction of 400 000 votes, an anomaly which we corrected.
“MCP monitors led by [Elsehower] Mkaka, Chimwendo [Banda], [Silvesetr James] Ayuba and others also had an audience with me where they intimidated me that I should not announce the results and if I go on there will be blood in the country. I confronted Ayuba who later knelt down and appologized, so too with Chimwendo,” she said.
Among other things, Ansah corraborated with a Commissioner Linda Kunje that tippex was only used as a correction fluid and not a tool to change the results.
By using tippex, Ansha said no law was brocken by the presiding officers but that it helped to uphold the rule of law.
However, Ansah’s claims of MCP intimidation comes as State vice-president and UTM Party presidential hopeful Saulos Chilima is on record to have made stinging and blistering attacks at Ansah, alleging she told staff at the pollster that they should help President Peter Mutharika win the election.
Chilima signed the letter containing evidence of misconduct by Ansah the head of the electoral body.
In a leaked letter seen by Nyasa Times calling for Ansah resignation as MEC chair, Chilima said she specifically mentioned that she did not want MCP president Lazarus Chakwera to be elected because his running mate –Mohammed Sidik Mia – is a devout Muslim.
Chilima alleges Ansah led a pro-Mutharika members of the electoral commission into celebrations when the “bogus results” started showing the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader was leading.
“You attended a private celebration party for professor Mutharika and his supporters and followers,” says Chilima, the former corporate executive -turned-politician .
The Constitutional Court ruling established that the 2019 voting process had been marred by serious irregularities.
Ansah-led commission had also failed to address complaints before announcing results. Tally sheets lacked monitor signatures and several accepted tally sheets that had been corrected using Tipp-Ex.
The court annulled the election and called for fresh elections within 150 days from February 3 2020, a judgement which Ansah is appealing at the Supreme Court of Appeal.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
If there was a person who had maximum security at the time of elections ndi Jane Ansah. Therefore what she is saying is total rubbish. If it’s not kicks of a dying horse, then akungofuna public sympathy which unfortunately ngakhale Seodi White can’t do it this time around. Kapena someone is now vindicated kuti you have a strong dislike ya MCP, ndiye uphulikatu kkkkkkkk
bodza ilo ,why didn’t she report to police right away that time ? she just want to by peoples attention ,aaaapite basi
Take it or leave it, a day will come when we will remember her. Justice Dr. Jane Ansah is legendary. It is evident enough that she did nothing wrong really. The politics of hate and intimidation is what is ruining and compromising radical thinking. I feel sorry for the destitute of rationality on these elections matters portrayed by the majority of Malawians. Justice is justice irrespective of numbers, and this is one thing the current case rulling seem to have overlooked so far. The habbit of being quick to judge compromises the need for a thorough investigation which is key… Read more »
Team Jane Ansah. God protect her!
This is very true. You could hear the hatred and anger in the voice of PAC members trying to intimidate Jane. Malawi is in more mess now that it has ever been. We are setting a bad precedence which many that are cerebrating today, will soon cry
I have never listened to such useless MP s. If there will be fresh elections ,these buch of MPS will be out. Better Kaliati to bounce back. Some if you are saying Peter should go. It’s ok but very soon you will cry for Peter but it will be too late.Mark my words.
remember peter for what useless thinking
Crying for pitala? Only mad men shall cry for this failure.
you will cry for that grotesque president of yours. ndiponso tatopa kuona presendent wonyansa
Devil’s advocate and Liar
She is EVIL.
She masterminded the “rigging’.
Abale Kodi alipo amene sanabelepo mayeso? Jane Ansah ndi dolo. #WomenOnTop
The law and court decision is one thing, to hold a credible and fair election another…-
But puplic opinion, the voice of the majority of people in Malawi is clear and loud!
Peter and his allie Jane Ansah together with their associates have to go!
We don’t want them! We need a fresh and complete overhaul in all sectors of our society!
NDIPO MMENE AKUNDIIPILA MMASO MAI AMENEYU…..AND AMENEYU SI MZIMAI AI NDAKAIKA.
Just go and rest.We want another management
Zikomo nkhani yanu yamveka koma Mai yendani abwere ena mwina zinthu zizalongosoka