Malawi polls were manipulated, IT expert demonstrate evidence in court

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) final witness Information Technology (IT) expert Daud Suleman on Friday told the court with evidential demonstration  that May 21 presidential elections results were manipulated by “ghost user” uploaded data  results management system and that Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah rushed to announce the results before they were 100 percent processed by the Results Management System (RMS).

Daud Suleman: Has done his demonstration in court on vote rigging at result management centre

During stimulation before the panel of five judges of the High Courtt sitting in Lilongwe as a Constitutional Court, Suleman demonstrated how the MEC system allowed unkown users to enter into the system capturing and approving results.

“According to the system database, three people were Mr F Chimwaza, Muhabi Chisi and a ghost user who updated the results into MEC system and also another uknown person who approved Dowa East constituency presidential results. This still happens despite the system showing that IT officers captured the results and were audited,” said Suleman.

He said that this was nececiated by having one computer kit being used by two different person at two different places at the same time which is impossible in normal circumstances.

“The kit was in Thyolo and Mulanje and was involved in results manipulation,” he said.

This, according to Suleman, was proved by way of time difference during when the results were being entered and processed in the system.

During simulation, it was discovered that a normal parten of entering results into the system by officials could take about 2.1 minutes against what showed in MEC system that it took only milliseconds.

“What it means is that there were some backdoor activities which were playing with the results and this happened within milliseconds because they already had a template in place. Results were already prepared elsewhere and just loaded in the MEC database,” said Suleman.

The IT expert said it is impossible in human era to use and log in one computer machine that are geographically apart at the same time.

“It is practically impossible for a human being to type all data on tally sheet whitin 1 second,” he said.

He also disclosed that MEC officials had a deliberate ploy to weaken the system by using personalized e-mail addresses such as gmail.com and hotmail.com which is contrary to Public Sector ICT Standards of 2014.

These e-mail addresses, said Suleman, are only accepted to be used for official business only and if the employee shall permit government to access and approve the address, as per ICT standards requirements.

“MEC IT experts being public servants, failed to follow all that when they were using these addresses,” he said adding that there was a ghost user with a [email protected] address who had access to MEC system.”

On MEC chairperson Jane Ansah’s rush to announce results, he told the court that out of 5002 tally sheets, she announced results when the database only processed 3677polling centre votes  which was against thatthe results be announced after the system processing is at 100 percent.

“The system did not finalize processing the results and there was no need to announce them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sulemani will give a final aspect of  demonstration on Monday monring  and he is expected to be cross-examined from afternoon.

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima (first respondent) and MCP presidential hopeful Lazarus  Chakwera (second respondent) w are seeking nullification of the presidential election results over alleged irregularities..

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Malawi one
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DPP supporters you are savages I think , you are empty headed. Silly comments always.
First you need to understand zithu before committing.
Malawi wasitha uyu whether you like it or not

chataika
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chataika

Musathe mawu baba remember the other side is to testify before court contradicting what Sulemani has provided as evdence and no body will make judgement except the court so wait until the battle is over after the whistle is rang

joseph
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joseph

The issue is about illegality and irregularity that is what our elections law stipulates that an election can be nullified and the other issue is about equal vote and right to vote enshrined in our constitution. Mind you this is a constitutional court. Even if you tamper with one vote you have gone against the elections law section C if not d. Why I am saying so simple. A question can one win with one vote in our elections if yes then the law can not say if in our election one vote was illegally deleted then there is no… Read more »

Manondo
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Manondo

Kkkkkkk cadet chaka chino uziona ndi ambuyako

SAUNDERS
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SAUNDERS

Full of assumptions< assumed Ghost posting and changing results< assumed everything
Dont cheat people< MEC IT officer will clarify and defend what ever Suleman was parroting in Court.
You MYP Cadres will be disappointed when it will be proved that the man was just demonstrating in theory how
computer works. Dont rejoice yet, until the actual computer reports will be displayed in Court. Mind you that Malawi voting system is mainly Manual.

chataika
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chataika

Yes it manual, teach them bcoz even Jane alluded to this so much of the evidence will be paper based and not computer-based

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

There is nothing tangible Suleman Daud is bringing here!!!This is total rubbish he has done here and the cross examination will prove him idiot kkk

chataika
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chataika

Quite right the game is not yet over

Observer
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Observer

In some other parts of the world, election results may take a month to get the final results. Hence , the IT expertise will have all the time to tamper with the results as explained by our IT here , and not in a week while even the results were still coming . This work requires a good management system in place not as ours after all I overheard Amadando that stake holders refused to use computer based results as they come from the field. So, I don’t buy it that the Ghost user worked in milliseconds to turn the… Read more »

GRM
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GRM

Caught pants down.

Peter
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Peter

I hope some comments here are useless as you can see! Cadets please understand the meaning of IT! Just wait you will see Monday. Let me remind you Cadets. Be Cadets without school you are useless! Tell me what you will do with 10000 from Dpp top oficials

Kumudzi
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Kumudzi

Whatb hv you done urself

Share
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Share

Daudi sanawonetse kuti Chakwera anawina then a mec ndi kusintha ma results. Anakatiunza number of votes Chakwera got and tell us how mec changed to favor APM. Alibe umboni. Why MCP Mkaka told court Chakwera got over 2,100,00 votes while Lacks on told court Chakwera got 1.9 million votes yet they were working as one team

Lego
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Did he finish his evidence?Just shut up

John Gray Gufa
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John Gray Gufa

Mtima pansi baba. Bwanji kodi?

Joni
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Joni

Ulenje umasimba wako cadet……uziwona pa town, udazamvetsa nkhwangwa yili m’mutu…anzako anzeru akumvetsa bwino bwino kuti zinasokonekera…..pitaniso kusukulu basi, palibenso mankhwala ayi koma sukulu….

Peter
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Peter

Let’s stand togather as Malawians to fight with this Devils we call Dpp and that fool he call himself a temperary president Mr Tippiex. Am sure we can turn them down.