Ansah, MEC brass will be held liable for Malawi electoral sham – Chilumpha

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah and other senior officials will be held liable to any disturbances that may arise from people’s dissastisafaction with MEC’s electoral sham, former vice-president Cassim Chilumpha who is spokesman of  opposition parties bloc.

Demanding MEC serious investigations and Ansah to step aside: Chilumpha (r) and PPM leader Mark Katsonga Phiri

The t10-party grouping wants suspended alongside Ansah are MEC chief elections officer Sam Alfandika and chairperson for electoral services committee Jean Mathanga to allow a forensic audit of equipment and data in the electoral body’s custody

But Ansah and other senior officials have defiantky said they will not step aside.

Chilumpha, who is a leader of the Assembly for Democracy and Development (ADD), said the matter raises questions that need to be addressed.

“The same MEC, through its chair for electoral services Jean Mathanga, confirmed ownership of the machines, but later disowned the machines. That is why we are calling them to pave the way for investigations. How can people trust an electoral body behaving this way to run elections,” said Chilumpha.

He warned MEC’s actions might backfire some day.

Chilumpha said if nothing is done to address why and how the biometric voter registration kit [BVRK] equipment got stolen and part of it recovered in Mozambique, the elections next year will be “a sham.”

He said the integrity of MEC has been thrown in “serious doubt”.

Chilumpha said:“ That is why we want to see the top MEC officials pave the way for independent investigations.”

The BVRK number 1962 is said to have been stolen in transit from Mzuzu in September and was recovered in Mozambique with some parts missing.

Besides the suspension of MEC top brass, the  opposition  parties were seeking the technical and material support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Department for International Development (DfID) and the European Union to carry out an independent forensic audit to be headed by a retired Supreme Court judge.

The opposition grouping comprises ADD, People’s Party (PP), People’s Progressive Movement (PPM), United Transformation Movement (UTM), Malawi Forum for Unity and Development (Mafunde), People’s Transformation Party (Petra), Alliance for Democracy (Aford), Malawi Democratic Party (MDP), Republican Party (RP) and the New Labour Party (NLP).

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From the World

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Agenda Setting Theory
Guest
Agenda Setting Theory

When people tell you that we don’t trust you why not just step down. Do you think you are the only person in Malawi to preside over the elections?

CHAWO NCHAKE
Guest
CHAWO NCHAKE

Chilungamo akuchidziwa kuti madzi achita katondo koma akuopa kukatuwa akatula pansi maudindo

Omex70
Guest
Omex70

Jane Ansah is a disgrace to our hard won democracy.

Make Malawi Great
Guest
Make Malawi Great

Take this fools to court they are accountable otherwise they have failed their job descriptions they need to step down for the right team to lead us to fair and free elections period. Cant be losing data machines and you down play it like we lost stationary paper.

wodyazake akibe mulandu
Guest
wodyazake akibe mulandu

adzafa ngati mbendera while his grandsons and daughters are suffering

POOR MAN FEEL IT
Guest

MZIMAYI UYU AKUCHITA ZIBWANA NTCHITOYI NDIOFUNIKA MZIBAMBO OSATI MZIMAYI AYIIIIIIIIIIIIII COZ ALIYESE MASO ALI PA IYEYI NDE KAYA TIZIONA MAPETO AKE KUTI

More From Nyasatimes