Cheques for 2009 parliamentary candidates stuck at Malawi Electroral Commission

Some of the contestants in the 2009 Parliamentary Elections who managed to get 5 percent of the total valid votes have not collected a refund of their nomination fees and their cheques are still stuck at Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec), it has been established.

According to Section 45 (2) of the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act all contesting candidates qualify for a refund of their nomination fees if they get 5 percent or more of the total valid votes cast.

However, some of those who qualified for refund after 2009 elections have not yet collected their money despite the Commission notifying them.

MEC  Director of Media and Public Relations, Sangwani Mwafulirwa confirmed to Nyasa Timesthat some of the candidates did not bother to collect their cheques despite qualified for the refund.

Mwafulirwa: Cheques not collected

“Cheques for refunds were prepared for all contestants who qualified for refunds soon after the 2009 elections. However, some did not bother to collect the cheques despite being communicated to. And for those who are unsuccessful their nomination fees are paid into the consolidated fund,” Mwafulirwa said.

Mwafulirwa said candidates are told when submitting the nomination forms that the fees are refundable if they get 5 percent of the votes cast.

He said: “When MEC announces elections results, it expects all candidates who qualify to come and get their refunds or write the Commission detailing their bank details that correspond to the name on the nomination form. But this has not been the case with some of them who did not bother to come and collect their refund”.

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