Kaphale, MCP witness tussle over miscounted and total parallel tally votes

As the  cross-examination of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera, Peter Lackson Chimangeni by Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale, who is representing  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in the presidential election petition case heated up, there were disagreements over the total “miscounted” ballots and total parallel tally center votes which are exhibited before the Constitutional Court hearing the case.

Petitioners: Chakwera (L) and Chilima at the court seeking re-run

This followed MCP’s votes tallying which showed the the party torch bearer won with 1 955 901 votes followed by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Arthur Peter Mutharika with 1 873 689 votes and UTM’s Saulos Chilima who had 1 022 144 votes.

The results, according to Chimangeni’s sworn statement meant that Chakwela had over 82000 more votes than Mutharika, who was declared the winner by MEC.

Earlier on Chimangeni had told the court that their investigations indicated that there were about 1.4 million ballots which marred with irregularities such as use of tippex, duplicates and some had not party or presiding officers signatures.

In his sworn statement, Lackson indicated that a, 412 105 votes had irregularities relating to use to use of duplicate,  counterfeit, tippexed and altered forms,  pointing out that Chakwera had won the election by 82 212 votes

Asked if the 82000 votes which Chakwera won with, according to the party’s parallel tally centerwere part of the 1.4 million ‘bad’ votes which were supposed to be ‘thrown away,’  the MCP witness confirme,  saying the former was arrived at after further investigations while the later was used for comparative reasons.

“Is it consistent for you to say that the 1.4 million bad ballots should be thrown away and later you use them to declare a certain candidate a winner with 82000 votes which are within the bad ballots?” asked Kaphale to which Lackson  replied  that “yes because they were used after further investigations.”

He failed to justify that assertion especially as, he admitted that the 82 212 votes also had within them results derived from duplicates, counterfeits, tippexed and altered forms.

Further,  Lackson  refused to be drawn into a conclusion that it was a contradictory statement to say there were 1.4 million bad ballots and there was a winner with 82000 votes that are within the bad ballots saying that these were benchmarks for proving that there were irregularities in the elections.

It took Justice Dingiswayo Madise to remind Kaphale that the second petitioner ammended his petition by removing a call to be declared a winner, for line of questioning on MCP parallel tally center’s results which showed that it’s president won the elections.

In his supplementary sworn statement,  the witness had indicated that he had set out to unravel the mystery of Chakwera’s 82 212 votes. However, when taken to task on  his findings, it was noted that the witness was dealing with ballots and  not votes, and he was at pains to explain how ballots can be converted into votes.

Kaphale said: “  The number of ballots does not translate into the number of votes. This is why you found it necessary to remove the votes and replace it with a ballot paper.”

Lackson, who dismissed the proposition, told the court that the party looked into the results of 90 percent of the total votes national wide while MEC helped them with 10 percent.

Chakwera, who is second petitioner in the case, is alongside UTM Party president Saulos Chilima (first petitioner), challenging the re-election of President Peter Mutharika, alleging that the presidential results in May were marred by irregularities and fraud.

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Jenala
Jenala
2 years ago

koma Kalekeni Kaphale azungu anakonza ndithu.

Samuel
Samuel
2 years ago

Hahaha! Koma dziko ndilovu zedi. The former leader of the opposition and the former vice president.

Joloza
2 years ago

Zikukhala Ngati Lackson ndiwakachaso mmayankhulidwe Ake. Mavoti okanidwa 1.4m. A reverend anapambana masankho NDI 82000 votes. Kuwafunsa mavoti 82000 akuchokera Kuti? Akuyankha Kuti akuchokera mu 1.4m amene NDI okanidwa chifukwa choonongeka. Munthu woti siwakachaso angayankhe Za maribu Ngati zimenezi. Sanamwe chikokeyani mkulu ameneyu kumbwita kwake kumeneku. Mboni Zina ayi ndithu

Mbwatalika Dukulira
Mbwatalika Dukulira
2 years ago

Mboni iyi ndi matuvi enieni. Ndikanakhala loya wa chakwera ndikanamupanga withdraw mwachangu, zinthu zisanawonongeke. But its already too late. Trouble is chakwera is being punished for running away from the pulpit. Kumbukani nkhani ya yona.dziko lino likukumana ndi mavuto chifukwa cha chakwera. Pofunika timuponyere mmadzi chinsomba chikamumeze. Only if chakwera goes back to church shall we have peace in this country.

pitala
pitala
2 years ago

Chakwela akhala yona bwanji pamene ku church ndi ana ake amulungu chimodzimodzi Malawi akufunika chipulumutso kwa atsogoleli a satanic wa zinthu sizikuyenda bwino Malawi kuba kupha ndi kuononga Malawi kalelo amakana ndi uchi .mulungu watuma David chakwela kuti achotse goliati mu filisiti waku America uyu koma vuto ndi mayi madando tippex jane ansah anatipaka Phula mulungu adzayankha

Charie
Charie
2 years ago

Kaphale sungakwanitse mwanawe wina asakunamize kodi mulibe ma radios kut muzivetsera live osati zolemba munthu wa mcp ndi utm anyamata inu nwawuponda mubweza ndithu .

apwiya
apwiya
2 years ago

The witness is confused . He can’t discern a ballot from a vote. He can’t be trusted

Kennedy
Kennedy
2 years ago

I hope judges are looking very closely. Dpp criminals thought power by ridding at the back of a donkey will now drink its urine. Corruption, murder, tribalism is their daily bread. Noone in dpp has love for our country. Akulera anawo ndi ndalama zokuba anawo they’ll follow the same.

Nabetha
Nabetha
2 years ago

I don’t understand why some people think that Lackson is not a trustworthy witness, this guy is applying reasoning when answering the questions and he is well focused by refusing to be drawn into what Kaphale thinks is good for him.

Noxy
2 years ago

Empty evidence

Chimulirenji
2 years ago

I didn’t know that kaphale he is just stupid like that, he can’t see the truth there?

Jenala
Jenala
2 years ago
Reply to  Chimulirenji

which truth????? by counting ballot papers even if they are not marked???

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