I’ll not resign, Ansah insists amid quit calls at Malawi Electoral Commission

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah has vehemently rejected calls for her to stand down from her position at the pollster, saying she has done nothing criminal to warrant resignation.

Ansah: Not insiring confidence for a credbile vote but refses to resign

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing National Electoral Consultative Forum (Necof) underway in Lilongwe, Ansah said the missing of the crucial biometric voter registration kit will not affect the voter registration process.

“I will only step down if I have committed a serious crime. Theft of things is beyond somebody’s control,” said Ansah.

Opposition leaders and other elections stakeholders are calling for her resignation following the missing of the kit which has since been found in Mozambique.

Ansah described as baseless allegations that the kit was deliberately transported to Mozambique by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in order to register Mozambicans so that they should vote in the Malawi polls as part of systematic rigging.

The the embattled  MEC chairperson explained that no data was lost when the gadget went missing, therefore, she said, there was no cause to worry and panic.

Ansah said MEC has a workforce of 278 staff and employed over 3000 more as temporary staff for the registration exercise, saying in this huge workforce, it was easier to lose some property.

But Peoples Party secretary general Ibrahim Matola said there was need for an independent forensic expert to look into the machine and see if indeed it was not tampered with.

“There are some questions which she is not answering clearly, why didn’t they report this matter to police? We are told they reported the issue to police after it was already found,” he said.

Matola said Ansah’sdefence on the matter is not convincing.

MEC ruled out the possibility of data in the biometric registration kit found in Mozambique being used to rig the 2019 elections, saying the information in the machine was for civic education and not voter registration.

But  Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)  insists Ansah must go for alleged negligence.

HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo said: “We cannot trust them at all. It is about trust. We cannot even trust them that they are saying the truth when they are saying it had no information.”

The rigging concerns come against a background of remarks by Vice-President Saulos Chilima during the launch of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) in Lilongwe in July that there was a ‘spy machine’ to be used for vote rigging.

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Central

Educated salvage! If her morals were upright she would have appreciated that stepping aside to pave way for those who strongly believe she contributed to the problem could have been the best approach to prove them wrong!! Komatu ku MEC konko former Chief elections officer Willie Kalonga and Director of Administration and Human Resources George Khaki anachitapo zomwezi, enafe tikunena kuti inu mwalakwitsa, ayi ndithudi kakakakaka kukanilila, koma sanapezeke olakwa afterwards? Ndipo lero ali kuti? Ansah is aware she has negatively contribution to the Voter registration records! What does she mean when she says the information was “not tampered”? What… Read more »

Mtima uwawa
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Mtima uwawa

It’s your time,,, Jane everything has an END……………….. Tikakumana ku mamba……..

Maliseche
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Maliseche

Just a reminder to everyone especialy Jane Ansah and all MEC officers digital/electronic data can never be completely deleted there is always a way to retrieve it so p,ease stop fooling yourselves

Napoleon Muza
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There is no need for you to resign. You are in charge there. Those who have stollen these items are those who hate you so that they can paint your image bad. After all you are the victim because your office has been vandalised. Those who have stollen have hidden agenda, but God is your Sun and Shield. The organisation has people who are responsible for security and those who were entrusted with the safe keeping of these items. Your can’t be victimised , you are the victim. If people want you to go let all the organisation go and… Read more »

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

She is a cadet and accomplice not a victim. Why was the incident not reported to police and stakeholders? This woman without SHAME is busy trivialising the incident adamant she can’t resign. Yet Ansah miserably fails to give ANSWERS to basic questions. Who last was in custody of the gadget? Was it in a private vehicle/ MEC? Were hand-overs done? How did s/he lose custody? Was it reported stolen/ missing to MEC secretariat? What actions did Ansah take as MEC chair? How did the gadget find itself to Mozambique? Who was it with in a train? Other than self-proclaimed victims… Read more »

Napoleon Muza
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Chilungamo, you are answering some of the questions yourself. The gadget found itself from a train coming from Mozambique because the thief planned so. Remember that MEC has also members of opposition , those who tow the line of opposition and they can arrange for the disappearance of the equipment. How you ever heard the word “ connive”. They can connive with those who took the equipment . Those who were entrusted with the safe keeping of the machine or equipment should explain how it happened and where were they. A. Certainly sure that the people who hate Ansah planned… Read more »

Central
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Central

Inunso nanu inu ndi utsiru wanuo, DPP in MEC has Jean Mathanga, Moffat Banda, Ivy Mtafu, Mary Nkosi, Linda Kunje and Yahaya Mmadi [UDF] ndipo MCP wao ndi Rev Killion Mgawi basi!! Are you trying to say Rev Mgawi ndiye anaba the machine under discussion? Osangokhala bwanji mkumadya zakubazooooooo

mapuyamurupare
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mapuyamurupare

I think for Malawians, being told to resign after under performing in public office is a very big problem and impossible these days.. Educated public officers in developed Countries resign from their public positions. Just to let others play their part. In Malawi I only remember former Minister Joe Manduwa who actually resigned from his position. In RSA Thabo Mbeki and Zuma paved way for other to play their role. 👏👏👏👏✌✌👍👍👍✊✊✊✊Kungoti
Kakakakakakakaka MBOLA zenizeni

Gogo mutharika
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Gogo mutharika

Afela pompo naye…..anzake taaona ife

Gogo mutharika
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Gogo mutharika

Mzimayi opusa, resign n go seat with ur boyfriend…..kukonda mipando kuti mutibelebe zambili, ufa ngati mzako uja

Anzijo
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Anzijo

Don’t rush for her resignation..with the huge type of that workforce ,who knows may be it’s from the same opposition guys who robbed the machine in order to distubalising the Elections after noting that things are not working out according to their plans. Am not a politician but we need to critically analysing this issue sobely

oMachemba
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oMachemba

Cool your heels, Mtambo et al. Why should Ansah resign? Asa. If we were to follow the underlying rationale, then a head of a corporation or a government department must resign when theft is recorded in the organization. Sure, head(s) must roll but only if they are directly tied to the act, or the incompetence or disorganization that led directly to the crime. One does not have to be a lawyer to appreciate the injustices that would follow if we were to ignore this principle of direct accountability. Otherwise, we are calling for throwback to Kamuzu’s MCP regime, when individuals… Read more »

History
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History

Malawi opposition parties do not have the masses to oust the DPP guys….the only with some people is the mcp which as of now has been eaten apart by the young utm .. already mcp plays down feedle to DPP….the other with some people was pp….was because many of it’s members have tracked back to DPP following their leaders who also joined dpp e.g mpinganjira,jooma,uladi,lipenga etc….those few who remained have also joined UTM following the buzz there….so UTM is made of old mcp and pp supporters..now if DPP beat up mcp,pp and udf in 2014, following my explanation which is… Read more »

123
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Ukuyankha ziti za Jane Ansah yomweyi?

Omex70
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Omex70

Poor analysis at its best. Are you blind and deaf to say that UTM is made of old mcp and pp? Is Chilima from these parties that you have mentioned? What about the Masangwi, Kaliati, Kalindo? Who are you cheating here?

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