MCP accuses MEC of dragging its feet on PP’s vote rigging scheme

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  vice president Richard Msowoya has accused the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) of  dragging its feet on allegations that  ruling People’s Party (PP) is enticing voters to sell their voter registration cards.

Many PP officials including its deputy campaign director Ken Zikhale Ng’oma have been reportedly demanding registration voter card serial numbers in exchange for President Joyce Banda’s maize.

The PP officials are demanding to record serial numbers of the voter registration cards.

MCP vice president Richard Msowoya: PP's hope is on rigging
MCP vice president Richard Msowoya: PP’s hope is on rigging

The MCP presidential running mate  told a news conference in Lilongwe that there is ‘overwhelming’ evidence that PP is behind the scheme believed to be intended to have a fraudulent May 20 elections.

MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa said the electoral body is investigating the allegations.

“We are working with the police to investigate these issues. You will be hearing from us,” said Mwafulirwa.

There have been reports that the Joyce Banda administration has hired expertise from the Zimbabwean government to help PP in the electoral shenanigans.

Opposition political parties in Malawi are questioning the teaming up of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) with the country’s electoral body, alleging it is a conspiracy to rig the May 20 polls in favour of Banda.

Last year this paper reported Banda had roped in her new close ally President Robert Mugabe’s government and shadowy Israeli security company Nikuv International Projects to computerise the country’s home affairs department and supply voter registration cards in preparation for the May elections.

Investigations also revealed the Malawi government sent a team for attachment to the Zimbabwe Registrar General’s office to familiarise themselves with the new computerised voter registration system

But PP deputy spokesperson Ken Msonda  disassociated his party from the rigging scheme.

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