‘I do not want to commit myself’: Alfandika fails to answer questions in Malawi poll case

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chief elections officer Sam Alfandika on Friday failed to answer a number of questions during cross-examination in the ongoing elections case on  how presidential results for the May 21 2019 elections were managed.

Alfandika: Appeared to lack answers on critical questions

The MEC boss appeared to lack answers on critical questions which lawyer Modecair Msisha, who is representing the second petitioner and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, posed to him.

Msisha focused his  line of  questioning on steps which MEC commissioners took in trying to resolve some of the irregularities, which included 147 complaints [madando] lodged by candidates.

He also took pressed Alfandika on whether commissioners were giving feedback to political parties on how irregularities raised on a number of issues were resolved.

Senior Counsel Msisha also asked Alfandika on whether MEC commissioners had meetings aimed at resolving anomalies, where correction fluid Tippex was used to alter results.

“When the commission found out wide use of Tippex, did MEC discuss that?…Did the commissioners report the discussion on the issues of Tippex?” Msisha asked.

In response, Alfandika told the court that the commission resolved to deploy officers to investigate, and that the officers shared their findings.

However, he failed to answer a number of questions on other issues concerning the use of reserve tally sheets and on whether or not the tally sheets had similar security features to the normal ones.

Alfandika said: “My lady, my lords, I do not want to commit myself to answering these questions because elections were held a long time ago. I do not want to commit myself and end up giving a wrong answer.”

Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale on Wednesday presented to court the MEC defence theory of their case, saying Alfandika and other two witnesses to testify including about 700 sworn statements from their witnesses deposited with the court, willprove that contrary to the petition by UTM Party president Dr Saulos Chilima and Chakwera, the presidential election results were not rigged.

Alfandika will be in the witness box again on Monday, when Msisha will finish cross-examining him.

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Docus
Docus
2 years ago

Why do people like Alfandika have a CEO position of such a big national importance, when he can’t remember what has happened half a year ago? He is not a politician, even he behaves like on. And Administrator in a leading position shout have a long-term knowledge from the past!
Failing to tell the truth under oath is or should be everywhere a serious crime! Definitely your neck is in the loop!

Chacharito
Chacharito
2 years ago

ALUFANDIKA IS EITHER MBUZI YA MA CEO OR HE IS JUST DEMONSTRATING THE DISHONESTY MANNER IN WHICH THE ELECTIONS WERE CONDUCTED.TO ME THE PETITIONERS HAVE PROVED BEYOND DOUBT THAT THE ELECTIONS WERE RIGGED IN FAVOUR OF THE OLD MAN PETER MUTHALIKA.PERIOD

Tizanka
Tizanka
2 years ago

Is this the same case we are listening to? The man has been credible through and through

Kaitano
Kaitano
2 years ago
Reply to  Tizanka

There was no credible answers from the CEO, may be you dont know what CEO means, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, imagine the answers from CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER kikkkkkk just like you.

Rhaaaaa!
Rhaaaaa!
2 years ago
Reply to  Kaitano

Ndiye umbuliwo. It’s better to shut up sometimes, than open your mouth and expose your ignorance. Alfandika ndi Chief Executive Officer wakuti? Kkkkkk

Kaitano
Kaitano
2 years ago
Reply to  Rhaaaaa!

Was supposed to be sound Chief Election Offficer. Paliso zodzikwezanso apa? Kaya ndiye ati a Court avomelezanso kuti clip ya a zakhali anu ipangidwe play?

bandafred9@gmail.com
2 years ago
Reply to  Tizanka

ACHISILU INU NDI MANYI A DPP NDIYE ZIKUKUNYASANI KOMA NTHAWI YAKUTHERANI ANACHIPANTI INU.SIMUNATI RE-RUN ON THE AGENDA MUNYA MANYI AGALU INU.

Kayamba ndiko Chapita
2 years ago

This is a hammer head shack, which is needed to be hooked with sharp hooks, dont give him any chance on Monday, he must sweat again, and let him fent in court so that judges see that he is a leader devils

Nabanda
2 years ago

Shame on Jane Ansah and Peter Mutharika… Eiiiiish🙆🏻‍♂ the TABOO is becoming hotter now

Peter T
Peter T
2 years ago

All this Mec and DPP are Animals! Look what is happening in the Court. Thats the sign that all them are stupid why old fool like Alfandika can’t remember what happened in May 21 that’s totally bullshirt.

Joni
Joni
2 years ago

We do not want Jane Ansah to resign now…we want her prosecuted!

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  Joni

Kkkkkmk

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
2 years ago

Wanga Gwede is just an opposition sympathizer kkk

cairo
cairo
2 years ago
Reply to  Mwinithako

Hahahahahahahahaha, you can say that again, there is nothing amusing in this article. All what this is written is to discredit the presentations by the CEO, there is nothing wrong if one says that…I dont want commitment, which is right and proper.

Kaitano
Kaitano
2 years ago
Reply to  cairo

The moment the person has taken an Oath, that is commitment Sir. Kodi bwanji umbuliwu?

Kaitano
Kaitano
2 years ago

Kikkkkkk I don’t want to commit myself,,, Sam the commit you are afraid of has already approved, so go on! Wishing you all the best as you are concluding the commitment you started, the time you were called Chief Election Offficer, continue committing yourself dude, masaya nanga alutafuna Nandolo!!!!

Chimulirenji
Chimulirenji
2 years ago

Sir, you are such a disappointment! Your performance in court was shameful, it was below par you are the CEO, you have known all along that you are one of the witnesses to this case and you come in court clueless????, you should have better prepared, you thought you were going to play bawo or what. Hope you will use the wkend to cross your Ts and dot you Is, we expect better from you on Monday

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