Mbendera warns rigging claimants, assure credible Malawi elections

Chairperson for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Maxon Mbendera SC has urged mainstream journalists in the country to desist from picking up social media allegations that the commission intends to rig the May 20 elections with the ruling party.

This comes after opposition party’s raised their fears that the ruling People’s Party (PP) is planning to rig the elections with Globe Computers using result management system which has been developed by the company.

In his remarks during the dry testing of the system on Wednesday at Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre, Mbendera said the rigging allegations can spark post elections violence’s.

Justice Mbendera : The room for rigging is non-existent
Justice Mbendera : The room for rigging is non-existent

“There are allegations that some political party in connivance with some officials from MEC and Globe Computers are planning to rig the elections using the system.

“This is a deliberate distortion of truth and whoever is behind these allegations they should stop. The country is at a critical stage where we can make or break it,” warned MEC Chairperson.

He challenged those who wish to discredit the system to provide facts and evidence to prove their allegations.

“Otherwise if there is no backing evidences it is better to keep quiet,” he said.

On access to the main tally centre, Mbendera said the commission has written all party Secretary Generals to provide names and pictures of the persons to be accredited to enter the main tally centre at Comesa Hall in Blantyre.

MEC Chairperson added that party representatives at the main tally centre would be given copies of all results for them to verify with the monitors before the results are put up for display.

“So far no party has responded with the names. Be assured that we are firm on this and do not feel embarrassed when you are denied access to the Main Tally Centre,” said Mbendera.

Those present during the testing of result management system were political party representatives, head of civil society organizations, MEC secretariat and members of the media.

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