Malawi Electoral Commission faces angry stakeholders at Necof over ‘electoral shenanigans’

Embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners and officials are Wednesday, October 31 facing angry electoral stakeholders over the missing but found crucial biometric voter registration kit.

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah and commissioners: Voter crediblity damaged

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah has confirmed that the meeting, to brief political parties and other stakeholders on the missing voter registration kit, will take place in Lilongwe.

The meeting comes amid calls from Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) for MEC chairperson Ansah to resign for alleged negligence.

HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo said: “We cannot trust them at all. It is about trust. We cannot even trust them that they are saying the truth when they are saying it had no information.”

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Maurice Munthali said they will be demanding the immediate resignation of Ansah and her team.

“We will not accept anything apart from the resignation of Ansah and the other commissioners. The MEC chair should just announce her resignation at the meeting,” said Munthali.

He said the party has lost trust in MEC over the issue.

“We are not going to be convinced on anything apart from their resignations. The commission has lost credibility. Things are now out of hand. We know the sinister plans behind the missing kit,” said an angry sounding Munthali, setting the tone for tomorrow’s meeting.

Former vice president Cassim Chilumpha suggested another independent pollster should be hired to work with MEC on how best to handle the 2019 elections, saying the Malawi pollster has completely lost credibility.

But ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Nicholas Dausi has asked for calm, saying there was need to listen to MEC commissioners during the National Electoral Consultative Forum (Necof).

“We should hear them first before making any conclusion,” advised Dausi.

Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) chairman Steve Duwa said resignation of Ansah and the other commissioners would negatively affect preparations for the elections to be held in May, 2019.

Ansah and the other commissioners are under intense fire after the biometric voter registration kit went missing and was found in a cargo train in Mozambique.

A few days later, a laptop computer used to record voter registration data went missing in Mzuzu and the police are yet to recover it.

The rigging concerns come against a background of remarks by Vice-President Saulos Chilima during the launch of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) in Lilongwe in July that there was a ‘spy machine’ to be used for vote rigging.

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Godfrey w. Nantali
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Chimene tingadziwe Amalawi anzanga ndichakuti , katundu amane anasowayo , akanakhala kuti lasowesa si boma, mukanamva kuti basi chisankho chilephereke, koma popeza zimene apanga ndi aboma omwewo , nchifukwa chake mukuona sakutekeseka ayi , alipheee . Nkhani iyi popeza kuno ku Malawi tachuluka anthu osauka nchifukwa chake sitingapange kanthu. Nthawi zambiri munthu wosauka amakhala wamantha . Mukhoza kundivomereza , mmakampanimu anthu amaopa kupanga sitalaka powopa kuchosedwa ntchito. Pamane zinangomveka kuti katundu anasowa wapezeka, zipani zikagwirizana kuti chisankho chisachitike , koma otsutsa omwewo alichete kumangomvera basi.

Godfrey w. Nantali
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Ine ndikugwirizana ndi amane akuti Chisankho chisachitike, chichitike 2024. Ngakhale tinene kuti auje atule pansi udindo wawo , sizingaphule kanthu chifukwa amane amasankha mamembala a MEC ndi Boma , MEC sibungwe loyima palokha ayi.. Apa chofunika nchakuti chisankho chaka chamawa chisachitike ayi. Anthu azayambirenso kulembesa zikhoza kuthandiza.

Paramount Chief wa ku Thyolo
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Paramount Chief wa ku Thyolo

When briefing your mathanyula, first will be ppwalling session…. Ma pwalistina inu fokofo…kulitengera dziko kuzilakolako zaku maliseche anu… Iwe ansah ukanthidwa pansi pompano

Apumbwa
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Apumbwa

MEC needs to be dissolved, appoint new credible officers, start voter registration all over again, change Election Day period! Osapusitsana

Bingu wa Mutharika
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Bingu wa Mutharika

Let the elections get postponed to 2024 basi

Samuel
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Samuel

My thinking set up a task team of experts from all political parties that are represented in parliament to investigate if the machines were tampered or not while the police should investigate the people behind the missing and the motive. Is it for rigging? or a framed move to scare the general public. We need this Infor as soon as possible. If this development, I think there is no need for voter registration extension.

Aka
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Aka

Let us re-programe the elections date until we clear all this mess. Even a school pupil is aware that something is not adding up. Pupils are chanting a long the roads that aba kompyuta ndi zovotera

Zachibwana
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Zachibwana

We hear Miss Jane Ansah is a side chick for Mr. Moffat Banda. So the Electoral Commission led by a couple. That only happen in Malawi

Professional Simurai
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Professional Simurai

Zinkhope zake zimenezo za ngati achina Moffat Banda, Jane Ansah, ati Supreme court Judge za ziiiiii, learn from Anastazia Msosa very credible in the way she was discharging her duties, very professional and you say she is aHigh Court Judge u know it means facts osati izi za china Ansah akuti mayi busa, nkhope zopindika ndi corruption ngati zimenezo plai wu judge apo? shamemmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Namathanga, shame Ansah, shame Moffat Banda

Mkaika
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Mkaika

Let Ansah and all the commissioners resign to pave way for a fresh voter registration exercise. When that reregistration will be close to finale we will steal again so that we have another fresh reregistation and we will do it up to 2024 wooo! Let us see who we cry again. The first machine was lost between LL and Mwanza, Angoni aba kumwanza mukuloza chala Alomwe a DPP! Atumbuka aba china kumzuzu mukuloza chalanso Alomwe a DPP. Opposition kusokonezera dala zinthu kuopa DPP/UDF alliance. Don’t threaten people of civil war in this country because we all look the same, have… Read more »

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