Irate Democratic Progressive party (DPP) monitors and that of the United Democratic Front (UDF) with assists from Malawi Electoral Commission(MEC) officials on Tuesday chased away from the poling center the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) parliamentarian Amon Nkhta on suspicion that he wanted to influence vote rigging in the by-elections which is underway in Bunda Ward at Kasungu LEA school.
Nkhata, who is MP for Kasungu Central Constituency came around 5:45 in the morning and he told the security personnel’s deployed on the area that he came to monitor school block maintenance work under way at the poling center of the by-elections but he did not do as planned. He was chased away.
DPP monitor Monga Zintambira confirmed the development in an interview that there was a small fracas resulting to a suspicious move by Mr. Nkhata who he said was not supposed to do that work on the voting day.
MEC Commissioner Elvey Mtafu said the parliamentarian’s presence at the project’s monitoring had caused no influence on the rigging of vote as people may speculate.
“Indeed he came as early as 5am, he was at the Kasungu LEA School monitoring work progress of school rehabilitation but political party members thought he was at a wrong place and wrong time to do that job, so they chased him away,” Mtafu said.
Nkhata could not be reached for comment as he had sped off with his car.
However, Mtafu apart from the incident said she is happy at the turn-out of people who came to cast the votes.
“There were three long queues, voters including polling staff were well positioned by 6:00 am and this shows enthusiasm from the people of Bunda ward. If the trend continues, we expect to attain 95 percent of the vote. We did not come across voting of underage,” said Mtafu.
District Civic Education Officer for Kasungu Gerald Chirwa also expressed satisfaction with the voting proceedings saying the long quees that also attracted old and young people shows that National Institute for Civic Education (NICE) as an office also did perfect job in mobilizing and civic educating people.
He also pats MEC on its back saying they did quite a handsome job in civic educating people hence the big number.