Malawi army warns over ballot papers, tightens security

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) is giving tight security to  ballot papers to be used for Tuesday in a hotly contested fresh presidential election being held almost five months after the Constitutional Court annulled the results of a disputed vote last year.

MDF Brigadier General Blaise Saenda highlighted a few protocols in regards to the transportation of the ballot papers.
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MDFs director of military operations and training, Brigadier General Blaise Saenda,  briefing stakeholders on security protocols during transportation of ballot papers,  urged people not to follow vehicles carrying ballot papers.

He asked motorists to maintain a distance of at least one kilometre between them and the vehicles carrying ballot papers.

“Motorists should maintain a distance of at least one kilometre between them and vehicles carrying ballot papers,” Saenda said.

He stressed that following such vehicles would mean risking one’s life.

“ Following the vehicles can lead to loss of lives if one is not careful,” Saenda said.

Tonse Alliance representative Howard Kachipanda, upon witnessing the arrival of the ballot papers, said he was satisfied with the way Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  is handling the ballots.

“We have faith in the new Mec chairperson and it is our wish that this time around, all is going to be done according to plans. We will be following each and every step up to the polling day,” he said.

On his part, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance representative Clement Stambuli said the ballots are under the care of the electoral body comprising Commissioners from different political parties and was upbeat its crop will safeguard their party’s interests.

“We have faith that MEC will conduct a credible election,” Stambuli said.

A  presidential candidate must now secure an absolute majority of 50 percent plus one to be declared the winner of the race. Since Malawi’s return to multiparty competition in 1994, the election had been determined by the first-past-the-post system in which the contender with most votes is declared the winner regardless of whether they receive an outright majority.

According to the electoral commission, some 6.8 million Malawians are eligible to cast ballots at more than 5,000 polling stations across the landlocked country of 17.5 million people.

Three candidates are in the running for the country’s top job but only two – President Peter Mutharika of DPP-UDF alliance and Lazarus Chakwera of Tonse Allaince [ on MCP ticket]  stand a chance of winning the poll.

Peter Kuwani, of the Mbakuwani Movement for Development (MMD), is the other candidate on the voting register.

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BigMan
BigMan
8 months ago

1 KM? Koma ndiye mutipha ambili, 100 meters perhaps. Komanso perhaps you need sirens so that we know to give you space. These are afterall, public roads.

Joni
Joni
8 months ago

Please help me…..You are driving from Lilongwe to Mzuzu. You are at Lumbadzi, how do you know that a military vehicle carrying ballot papers is less than a kilometre away from you and that you shouldn’t come near it with these winding roads?

Okay, let’s say you overtake the MDF vehicle and it increases speed, how do you stay away from them at a more than a kilometre gap…stop and make him overtake you? How will you know he is at a distance of not less than a kilometre?

Naman
Naman
8 months ago

1. Pamenepa nde pofunika kugwilitsa ntchito ndege mwapangila hire campaign zija, apo ai ndege za army ngati bomali linagulapo. Otherwise misewu inamangidwa mwakatangale u can’t sanely say u nid 1km distancing.
2. Now u c the effects of nepotism bwana saenda, we can’t even trust u on this assignment, we r even more suspicious now especially with Ur sentiments that u shudnt be followed

Chiga
Chiga
8 months ago

The MDF is one of the most professional military on.the African continent if not in the world. As professionals they don’t just shoot to kill. They first assess the dander posed by what is approaching a restricted. They will give a first warning to the object/or person appraching a restricted area. The 1 kilometer is simply a demarcated restricted area and The Brigadier has simply defined it as a first warning. Whoever decides to deliberately infringe upon this restricted area must do so at his own risk. Of ccourse as professional soldiers they will assess every threat on a case… Read more »

sazuza
sazuza
8 months ago

mwatasa ku MDF Nundwe atachoka. Bwenzi mukulankhula choncho inuyo. Wa MDF saopyedza citizen, he protects the citizen. This si an indication that you are a cadet. Can tell from ur langauge

Bamusi
8 months ago

Malawi Army please please do a good job for your brother’s ,sisters and your parents. Malawi is not for two families, it’s for all of us please.

Bamusi
8 months ago

Our tax money ndiye aziti wagula ndiye, shupid. Bullets and Be forward vote wisely please.

Malawi belong to the citizens

Malawians just follow what the one who holds a gun has said, who has mandate to kill without negotiations,we don’t want to lose life.The military uses military police , Citizens can see them clearly.

Mbuzi ndi Mkota
Mbuzi ndi Mkota
8 months ago

A bwana SAENDA musatikwiitse. is 1km distance apart practical? remember Malawi has one road and one line from Nsanje to Karonga. Palibe zophana; every voti count. A Saenda andiopsa; these guys should be followed. Tiberana apa. Ngakhale mnsilikali can be arm twisted.

phillip
phillip
8 months ago

you are right

Popi
Popi
8 months ago

1 kilometer ya chani?
Chisankho kuti chikhale chobvomelezeka sikuopseza anthu.
Tikudikira Tuesday, wina aone nyenkhwe

Vavilov
Vavilov
8 months ago
Reply to  Popi

How neutral is saw day? This where ballot papers will be swooped. The possibility of using DPP cadets disguised as military is high. DPP can’t be trusted. This is their final formula to win

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