Elections Observation Consortium ‘impressed’ with Malawi voting process

The Elections Observation Consortium  – comprising National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE), Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), and Public Affairs Committee (PAC) -says they have been impressed with how the voting process is started and is  proceeding in Tuesday court-sanctioned fresh presidential elections .

The Elections Observation Consortium
The Elections Observation Consortium

 

Briefing the media  at the elections situation  room at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre, the consortium says they have so far received updates from their observers in polling centres who indicate that the voting process is going on smoothly except for a few centres.

In his address, chairperson for the consortium Boniface Chibwana, says for instance, by 6am, 99 percent of the polling centres were opened on time while one percent of the centres delayed due to late delivery of polling materials.

He further says 92 percent of the centres are observing covid-19 precautionary measures.

Chibwana, however, has bemoaned the recruitment of former military personnel allegedly by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  as monitors saying the issue must be investigated thoroughly.

“Police sources say statements obtained from the suspects suggest that they were recruited to be party representatives for the DPP. Seven of the suspects are reportedly from the southern region. There are allegations of premarked ballots and intended ballot stuffing but these have not been confirmed yet.

“Ordinarily, the model of recruiting party monitors is locally done. We therefore find the alleged recruitment of ex-service men out of order and reason for further investigation by the law enforcing agencies and the Malawi Electoral Commission,” said Chibwana.

DPP claims the former military personnel were hired to provide  security to their monitors.

Hundreds of voters braved the cold weather of the southern hemisphere’s winter to vote as soon as the polls opened at 6 a.m.

Incumbent President Peter Mutharika, is looking for a second and final five-year term in office and is running against Lazarus Chakweraleader of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party .

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Chiga
Chiga
1 year ago

The whole episode has all the marks of a badly planned execution. Some of these ex-soldiers claimed they had been recruited by the DPP SG who vehemently denied any knowledge of them. It’s a pretty secret plot that had gone wrong! Truth to come out soon.

Matias
1 year ago

Iwowo sianthu

45:45
45:45
1 year ago

Stupid observers. This is the worst election ever. Rigging claims even as we vote and you say its credible. Rubbish

The SNIPER
The SNIPER
1 year ago

The DPP thinks Malawians are still stupid like their chickens right? Why sending monitor personal security where we have the Police which is also part of your DPP? And why just in Nkhotakota not the whole fuckin Malawi? Do you want to tell us that you are not trusting the MDF and the Cadet Police of yours? Dzanja lalemba kale, you are in for real! I just wish we would burn these bastards! They are thorns to the society,they are enemies to the country,they are enemies to democracy,they are the ones who have been destroying people’s businesses during peaceful demonstration… Read more »

Namulondola Njira
1 year ago
Reply to  The SNIPER

Emotions will not help you. Sometimes you have to understand that those supporting DPP/ UDF Alliance are also Malawians, so when you say they take Malawians for fools, it is wrong. Those who vote for DPP will do and those who vote MCP will do. Even the time of referendum, there were Malawians who vote for Kamuzu, but you cannot say there were not Malawians. People vote basing on what they see or hear will help them. Even if MCP alliance win some of its supporters will still be poor may be even more more than they are today. I’d… Read more »

Flamingo
Flamingo
1 year ago

Cant they be hired?

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