Malawi govt officials confiscate national IDs to present others from registering in voters roll

Pollster Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has confirmed that some ministry of Agriculture extension workers are confiscating national IDs for some people in Lilongwe on the pretext that they want to be registered for farm input subsidy program (fisp).

Sammy Alfandika MEC chief elections officer: No one is supposed to keep someone’s national ID

MEC chief elections officer Sam Alufandika said his office communicated the matter with the principal secretary and the national IDs are being returned.

“I think the national IDs are being returned therefore those who get them should go and register now before the exercise finishes on August 12,” said Alufandika.

Alufandika said no one is supposed to keep someone’s national ID, saying this was illegal.

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka said this was part of rigging that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is now engaged.

“They want to defranchise some voters. They want people not to register and vote for the MCP. How can they take away the national IDs for fisp registration when people in Lilongwe are registering for the voter registration,” said Mkaka.

Mkaka said he had evidence and pictures of agriculture officials taking away the national IDs from unsuspecting people in Lilongwe.

But the DPP spokesperson Nichalas Dausi distanced his party from the allegations.

“If they have evidence, let them report the matter to police or they can go to police. This is just one of the wild allegations against the DPP,” said Dausi.

This comes barely weeks after Saulos Chilima and leader of the newly launched United Transformation Movement (UTM) said he had uncovered plans of the DPP to rig the 2019 tripartite elections.

Minister of Agriculture Joseph Mwanamvekha said the police have arrested one ministry official for confiscating the national IDs.

Mwanamvekha said the ministry did not give any order for its officials to confiscate the national IDs.

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Kambewa Chisale
4 years ago

Please MCP wake up make sure all those responsible for taking the ID cards should be arrested

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
4 years ago

MCP has proven that it is a useless party. Why did you allow government to force people to use IDs for voter registration? People have said it all along that DPP will use these IDs for vote rigging, but you didn’t listen. See what is happening now.

4 years ago

Malawians please let’s wake up and learn to act when such things happen. Now that we know the extension workers who did that, what will happen to them? My advice: arrest then and put them in prison. They will be released after elections next year. If I action happens to criminals like these just know that we setting a wrong practice. Please MPC Mkaka go around and check with village chiefs to see how many people have lost the IDs…. do it now please we don’t want to waste time…

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