Chakwera storms Malawi  Electoral Commission: Opposition leader meets chief pollster

Leader of opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera on Thursday stormed the offices of Malawi’s electoral commission to demand  it to take the necessary steps to ensure the next year’s election will be free and flawless starting with registration of voters.

Chakwera: Go ‘konko’

Chakwera, who is a presidential torch bearer of MCP, accuses the commission of being biased towards the ruling Democrtaic Progressive Party (DPP).

On Thursday afternoon, Chakwera was rocked in a meeting with MEC chairperson Jane Ansah, a High Court judge for about two hours..

The visit comes  amid concerns of low turn out during the first phase of voter registration in Kasungu, Dedza and Salima.

The party and other electoral stakeholder  have asked the electoral body to consider reopening the centres of the first phase so that more people should have a chance to register.

Speaking to journalists after  what she described as a “good  meeting”, Ansah said the discussion centered around the first phase of the voter registration exercise.

“I don’t make decisions by myself. Resolutions and decisions of the commission are made by the commission by consensus,” she said.

Commenting on the concerns raised by MCP and other stakeholders on low voter registration turnout, Ansah said they will have National elections consultative forum (Necof) next week which will tackle all the concerns raised.

Ansah told the local media that they cannot extend time for registration saying doing so would affect the electoral calendar.

However, she indicated such considerations can only be made only if the low turn out was influenced by faulty equipment or anything that was beyond Mec at that particular registration centre.

Ansah further said the Commission decided to start with some districts in the central region because it was where mass registration for national identity started.

She said “this is an indication that many people had already collected their IDs,  which in this case are primary eligible documents for voter registration”.

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Tizanka
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Tizanka

If one is failing to mobilise his supporters to go and vote then how are you going to mobilise this country towards the right direction?

chatsika
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chatsika

Munthu wa mtundu wanji osiya kutumikira Nkhosa za Mulungu ndi kumatumikira za mdziko lapansi. Wakumwambayo wakana basi mpando wa u Presdent siudzauona. Unatukwan Mulungu iwe. Mundipatsireko Moni kwa Mayi Ntaba a ku Lilongwe paja ndinamva kuti man of god amacheza nawo kwambiri .

Truth pains
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Truth pains

Chakwera, that’s misleading the people. The best way would be to give reasons why people did not go to register. Even if the centres reopen do you assume.e that they will go and register? Can people be forced to register? My interest would be why they did not register when the centres we’re open? Let’s address that problem

Symon Tshaka
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All I want is that rubbish (mutharika) to leave the office. We all aware that Mr Chakwera and his mcp can win or they will win but this DPP will rob him again like before.

mtete
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The fact that MEC started the registration in MCP strongholds and deliberately frustrated the process in these areas is concrete proof that the organization is out to help rig the election in favour of DPP.

DPP can do it since it has lots of money squeezed from, among other sources, dubious contracts such as the Police Food Supply Contract. They can corrupt all MEC members with millions of kwacha several times over.

DOBO
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DOBO

Mabvuto a registration abwera chifukwa choti a MEC kumayambiriro ankanena kuti National Id idzagwiratsidwa ntchito pobvota.Izi zimakambidwa koyambirira kuja id registration isansyambike.Ndipo ngati mungakumbuke panali mtsutso waukulu ndipo ena amati a MEC mogwirizana ndi DPP akukozekera kudzabera chisankho.Pamene idathera nkhani imene ija mpakana pano anthu ambiri sakudziwa kuti nkhani imene idathera pati.Tsopano chipwilikiti chadza nkuti NRB ndi aMEC akuyendera limodzi.Pamepo!!!!.Moti anthu ambiri akuganiza kuti National id idzagwiritsidwa ntchito pokavota.Pangani kafukufuku zimene ndikunenazindizimene zili pa ground.Zifukwa zonse xija akupereka a MECndizolakwika.

Hatton
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Hatton

Yes Leader of Opposition but you forgot to tell MEC that they should not allow any political leader, including the Leader of opposition, to intimidate MEC officials. Ndi tulo teniteni kuyembekezera a MEC kuti azikasaka anthu m’midzi kuti akalembetse. Ngati anthu sanakalembetse limelo ndi vuto la anthu onse a ndale a m’dela lokhuzidwalo. Akulu siyani kuopsyeza anthu ogwira ntchito Ku MEC.

China
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China

Mbudzi iyi apange campaign yowauza ma supporters awo akalembetse.UTM woyee

Kasumbadedza
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Kasumbadedza

Mwayamba kale kutukwana musanakhazikitse ndi kagulu kanuko? Ndie muyembekezera anthu make ati oti adzakuvotereni? Mwagawana kachipani inu multi nd1teth of voters mwamba kutukwana?

malawi
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malawi

Dear mayi Jane Ansah.

Do u want to hold free and fair elections? Mayi chonde chonde chonde samalani dziko.lathu. we are not going to allow any rigging. we are ready only for fair elections. we r 100000000% watching. we will never allow kuba any more.

Malawi is on a verge of conflict if u don’t do right things coz we will not allow cadets to castigate n torment us.

sck
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sck

GreatLeader. man mumayitha. anthu akubawa osawasiya. DPP A nd DPP B. anabera ma vote anthu amenewa in 2014..

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