Exit Alfandika, enter Munkhondya: MEC continues making its defence in Malawi elections case

After a grueling process by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party lawyers, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chief Elections Officer breathed relief with the end of his re-examination by his lawyer Tamando Chokotho which provided an opportunity for MEC to build its case.

Alfandika is one of MEC’s three key witnesses in the constitutional court elections petition case.

Alfandika told the court that he had come to know of the missing pages in the BDO Jordan auditors report during the cross-examination by MCP lawyer, Modecai Msisha on Monday, December 2 2019 who wanted to pin his as to why they never picked up the issue with the auditors if the report was discussed by the Commission.

The MEC boss said he did not agree with all things in the audit report and wrote a management letters to the auditors highlighting the issues he did not agree with as it is done in any audit process but up to date they have not responded.

“After a long waiting, the auditors said that they have noted that the reports was being used in the court as evidence and they were concerned with that and they would not do any amendment,” Alfandika told the court.

Counsel Chokotho produced a letter by Alfandika to BDO.

UTM and MCP lawyers tried to object to the letter but after a debate the document was accepted and presented in court.

MEC boss also took time to explain causes of inconsistencies during ballot paper reconciliation and vote counting which was the cause of most of the corrections on results sheets.

Causes for imbalance, if ballot papers were obtained from another centre and not updated the record. Also when you do physical count and the number found is less than what was supposed to be.

Alfandika said the ballot paper reconciliation cannot balance if some extra ballot papers were obtained from another polling station, which is a normal practice, and the presiding officer forgets to add that to the total number of ballot papers received.

He added this challenge can also occur when during physical counting of the ballot papers received it is discovered that the actual received were more or less than indicated.

Alfandika, who holds a Masters degree in Economics from Chancellor College, also explained that there no relationship between economics and electoral laws and that in elections are no suppositions but facts.

The petitioners has started cross -examining MECs director of electoral services, Henzily Munkhondya.

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Sato
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Sato

The writer is making a worse situation worse. I don’t think the explanation on failure reconcile ballots is admissible. Ballots moving between polling centre’s was one way of cheating. It would only make sense if the ballots were transferred from MEC warehouse to the site at the time extra ballots were needed. How? They could have engaged the military.

Chiga
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Chiga

Zikuoneka kuti Alufandika has managed to partially punch 7 holes into the 147 madando. All the other witnesses for MEC and APM also partially managed to punch a total of about 20 so called holes into the 147 madando presented as evidence by UTM and MCP. That leaves about 120 issues still intact. I guess if we do simple mathematics, it has taken a good six months to ‘punch’ a total of 27 partial holes into the petitioners’ evidence, 33 months (close to 3 and half years) would be required for the respondents’ defenders to probably finish punching ‘holes’ into… Read more »

Jenala
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Jenala

your analysis is just a waste of space.

Mimba zikatola
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Mimba zikatola

Sounds nice

Agalu inu
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Let’s wait and see. Muzaona chimene chidameta nkhanga mpale. Muzamwa tameck. Jyststsrt campaining for 2024 bus yopita kumalingunde yapita

Kutha kwa mulandu
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Mcp UTM tinene zoonadi zativuta. We were happy when we saw him sweating yet did we not know that he was going to punch our private parts. It’s us now sweating.
Sorry watiwaza Slufandika

Apao Kugola
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Apao Kugola

Wishful thinking. Alufandika did not punch any holes in the UTM & MCP led presidential election case on irregularities and illegalities. Let’s just wait for the verdict by 20th January 2020.

Wellington
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Wellington

You are a lier my friend. U will be surprised when judgement comes. U don’t have ears to hear about evidence on irregularities submitted and how compelling this evidence is. Osamapanga ma comment mwa umbuli. Cadet wachabechabe

Jenala
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Jenala

Unless ma judge akuveleni chisoni tu, otherwise MCP & UTM Evidence yeni yeni palibe. MEC’s argument is straight forward,,, tabweletsani contrary results yanu????? mukulephera. Petitioners claims irregularities were done to in favour of APM, now MEC has its own figures to support their argument, nanga inuyo a MCP ndi UTM anu alikuti??????????????????????

Truth shall set us free
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Truth shall set us free

My friend listen to the objective ‘irregularity’ if someone received ballots from other polling station and fail to record it as received, that forms not require him to use tippex. All balancing were done on counting of votes at the polling station. This anormally would have been discovered on balancing right at the polling centre, certified by all monitors cancelled and right the new figures on top of cancelled and fully signed by all. By the time these form 66Cs were sent to constituency tally centre all figures had balanced. If not then that is irregularitiy. He also claimed some… Read more »

Mimba zikatola
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Mimba zikatola

Anthu awa, miti yasiya kugwira ntchito