Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Justice Maxon Mbendera says ballot papers to be used in Malawi’s first tripartite elections, arrives in the country second week of May.
There are growing speculations the ruling party is trying its best to take advantage of anything to rig the elections.
“I want you to know that two Boeing 747 planes will arrive in the country on these dates bringing the ballot papers. These ballots were not made by MEC but were produced by a UNDP contracted security printing company,” he explained in Mangochi during a conference on consolidating democratic governance and the electoral process in Malawi.
UNDP sourced quotes, identified company to print in a process that took place in Copenhagen.
“They chose company and paid for it. This security printing company has also printed for South Africa, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Guinea Bissau and many other countries. On arrival the army will guard them. They have all been marked in RSA and calculations on how many are going to a said district, constituency, and polling centre have been made.”
Mbendera also revealed the results from every polling centre will be displayed for all to see on the wall right there.
“The idea is that even if a ballot box is said to have been lost or burried on its way between a centre and main tally centre, the actual figures will still be available and dutifully recorded and even photographed by all political party officials at those centres. I therefore doubt assertions that any ruling or indeed opposition party can rig these elections.
“We have no problem with parallel voter tally centres, who of course cannot announce results. This provides checks and balances. So be worried only if the figures pasted at polling centres are tampered with, not anything else.”
Mbendera assured the MEC was doing its best to ensure free fair and credible elections.
He called upon the church to work hard to ensure democratic governance and political governance is given meaning through this elections and beyond.
Malawi Council of Churches General Secretay Osborne Mbewe said the faith community is always at hand in ensuring the elections are also peaceful.
“Our role is to speak out against all wrongs. We represent the voice of the voiceless. Our eyes are open and ears attentive as we know the people have an anger because they feel let down by politicians. We want peace and we pray to God for rightful leaders,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :