The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has deliberately burned electoral materials which were used during the 2014 tripartite elections to ensure that nobody has access to them.
MEC’s decision to burn the 2014 materials is partly prompted by an incident in Mchinji during a November by-election in 2016, where some people impersonated MEC officials by putting on the electoral body’s regalia.
In Karonga, the destruction of materials was conducted on Tuesday, eye-witnessed by political party representatives including Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party (PP) and some government officials among other stakeholders.
Addressing the gathering before burning the materials, MEC’s Commissioner Rev Clifford Baloyi, said the electoral body arrived at the decision to burn the used materials so that no one should access them.
“MEC is committed to burning all election materials used in 2014 elections, especially those paper in nature to avoid accessing them,’’ he said.
Reverend Baloyi also observed that most MEC warehouses at district councils are in dilapidated state, rendering them easy to break into.
The electoral body is conducting the exercise of burning the election materials countrywide, according to Commissioner Baloyi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :