Two women who were on their way from voting at Kasungu L.E.A School the center for the by-elections in Bunda Ward have alleged that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) governor Osward Chirwa was sending back people denying them the right to vote.
One of the women JenetPhiri told MEC reporter on Tuesday that Chirwa who was driving a white minibus in company of his six paryy cadres stopped his vehicle some 500 meters away from the polling station and was sending away women and men he suspects were not pro DPP.
Said Phiri:“He parked his car by the road side and was actually telling about ten women and two men fromChilangaarea to go back claiming they were not supposed to vote in Bunda ward because it was not their jurisdiction.”
The informants said they do not know the Governor’s plans.
But when this MEC reporter interviewed him on the same to give his side of the story, Chirwa dismissed it, saying it is false story.
“How could I do that as if I know them that they are my people or not,” he said.
Kasungu police Unit Deputy Public Relations officer Hurry Namwanza confirmed in an interview there were some problems of some people being barred from voting for various reasons but says all has been normalized.
“Our men were on the ground, they rushed to the scene and sorted out the issue and situation is back to normal,” said Namwaza.
MEC is holding by-elections in Kasungu central constituency to replace the deceased DPP councilor Bernard Theu who passed on in July this year.
DPP, UDF, MCP and two independent candidates fight for the former DPP seat.
DPP has Philemon Theu, Jonathan KayafaTembo(MCP) Mark Chiwawalu(UDF) Patrick Mbale and Gerald Phiri independents.
About 3001 people were expected to cast the vote.