Lilongwe CEO, DC resign as elections coordinators after harrassment

Chief Executive Officer of Lilongwe City Richard Hara and District Commissioner Charles Kalemba have resigned as Elections Coordinators following the harassment and abuse towards them and some Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) staff by some political party representatives in Lilongwe Sunday evening.

In a statement issued by five political parties—Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party (PP), United Democratic Front (UDF), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) in conjunction with Center for Multiparty Democracy, MEC staff were harassed and verbally abused by political parties’ representatives and were also teargased by the police.

Citizens burning what they suspected as pre-marked ballot papers
Citizens burning what they suspected as pre-marked ballot papers

This was after people suspected them to have carried pre-marked ballot papers.

“MEC staff were illegally searched and had some documents confiscated,” the statement reads in part.

The parties in a statement issued in conjunction with Center for Multiparty Democracy,condemned the violence and have also asked the police to come out and condemn the violence.

Malawi go to polls on Tuesday to elect president, members of parliament and councillors.

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