Malawi electoral audit report reveals ‘MEC announced figures that were not verified by auditors’ 

Despite the  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  failing to submit an electoral audit report in the  in the ongoing constitutional case where opposition leaders are challenging results of the May 21 2019 presidential election, the document is now in public domain and dominates the discussion in different social media  forums.

Ansah: Electoral audit report now in public

The Constitutional Court, on June 27 2019, told MEC  to ask UNDP in writing to release that audit report to them for submission to court.

MEC is on record to have said, through its embattled chairperson Jane Ansah, that the vote counting process and the declaration of the national result of the May  21 2019 elections were duly audited.

However, the audit report  by  BDO  Jordan/Samman and Co which is in circulation show MEC announced figures that were not verified by auditors.

Signed by Hussain Alshobaki, the audit report says during the review of the transmitted results at the National Tally Centre, they noted that in terms of controlling and reconciling the transmitted results, “MEC was unable to specify what was verified by the auditors and what was not.”

The audit report also noted that the transmitted results appeared on the screen before the verification of the auditors.

“MEC considered that final results before auditors’ approval,” it reads in part.

The audit says many of the tally sheets were rejected by the auditors because of the missing signatures of the corresponding political parties.

“Later, MEC provided us with an official letter to approve all papers if they contained the Presiding Officer’s signature only. Many of the tally sheets were rejected because of manual amendments.

“ Later, MEC provided us with an official letter to approve any manual amendments on the tally sheets and forms that were used at the constituency tally centres,” reads the report.

The certified  international auditors  were hired by UNDP –Malawi to assist in the validation of the tally sheets which were mostly  Tipp-Exed’.

Commentators say the May election will go down in history as one of those electoral processes that were well managed only to be messed up at the very end.

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mtete
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mtete

Following this revelation, what’s the point of Kaphale wasting the Court’s time? A re-run is the answer, but without Ansah (and M’gawi, Moffat Banda, Nkosi).

Justice Usiwa
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Justice Usiwa

The report from UNDP is telling Malawi citizens that Peter did not win election as declared by Jane.Now we need defence from Jane.A Jane Peter akuthawani mufera zaeni🔞añdale.

che nnungu
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whatever the case ife tili panseu basi pa 26 to 30 ngoo

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

The article indicates that the auditors were hired by UNDP. It is normal audit practice for auditors to issue an audit report to the one that hired them, in this case UNDP. Anyone looking for the report should have asked the principal, UNDP.
The petitioners should have included UNDP amongst the people to be cross examined otherwise the article sounds like fake news.
A CHILIMA alankhula kale Kuti mamonita ao sanadandaule zokhuzana ndi zotsatira za chisankho. Komanso a CHILIMA omwewo anenetsa kuti zodandaula zao sizingasinthe zotsatira za chisankho.

Ambuje Kukaya
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Ambuje Kukaya

My brother, we were there on 22nd May 2019 when the MEC chair was assuring her fellow Malawians that the results were being checked and verified by the auditors. Besides, in her statements she repeatedly assured us that any result sheet that does not comply to the procedure shall be rejected. What went wrong then?

critical thinker
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critical thinker

yankhanitu afunsa anzanu zi mukungolubwalubwa apa

aNNSA
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aNNSA

Americans seems are Gay, SEEM TO BE PARTISANS AS WELL, ACTUALLY THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN

Kaitano
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Kaitano

What’s your poin sir?

BIG P
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BIG P

Koma ti madando tanga mutikonza nsanga??

braveheart
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..it looks like those people who have lost in court since day one think they have something to smile about!? Ng’oo! this case is over

Ambuje Kukaya
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Ambuje Kukaya

Bwana, we have only seen cross examination from the first petitioner at the moment. Besides, the Audit Report was one of the documents the court and pertioners have been waiting for.

sworn statement
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sworn statement

A judge of the Supreme Court lied to the nation that the TPE results which were announced, were verified by external auditors. And the Chief Elections Officer lied that he did not have the audit report when in fact the audit report is first addressed to him, then to UNDP. With evidence of gross maladministration of the 2019 TPE coming out each day, why does Jane Ansah feel that she will be exonerated at the end of all this?

Graham Zali
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Graham Zali

Kuipa mtima ngati nkhope yake yomwe. Not qualified to be called a mother.

Paradigm
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Paradigm

Educated fools & den of thieves are being exposed daily. The day of reckoning is here regardless of foolishness being displayed by them.