MEC against witness Sulemani’s ‘simulation’ on their gadgets in Malawi poll case

The Constitutional Court sitting in Lilongwe will have to  rule on an  application by in the ongoing elections petition case by second respondent, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to discharge or vary the order requiring the electoral body bring its kits and servers  system for purposes of ‘simulation’ by key witness for second petitioner Lazarus Chakwera  of Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Daudi Sulemani for amplified testimony

Daudi Sulemani an IT expert who was part of the MCP ICT team during the May 21 elections wants amplified testimony in the ongoing landmark election case.

But MEC lawyers argue in an application that if Sulemani is really an IT expert  as he proclaims, he should be able to set up a simulation without the necessity of bringing the whole system of the electoral body into court.

MEC legal team says at the time the court made the order to allow Sulemani amplify his testimony, there was no application but just a notice, saying the notice did not mention who intends to use the gadgets and how.

They argue that what Chakwera lawyers explanation as to how they intend to use the gadgets are “ substantially different with what they told the court.”

MEC  legal team further argue that “ it is clear that the security of the gadgets will be compromised if used in the way proposed by the witness.”

The second respondents are stating that since Sulemani said he wants to make a simulation, he can do so using his own gadgets.

“In the alternative. MEC staff will have to oversee the alleged simulation and will not allow unsecured internet lines to be used on their servers so that the security and integrity of their system is not compromised.”

Sulemani took part in the designing, establishing and operating a results transmission platform for the May 21 elections which would act as the party’s parallel voter tally centre as well as data management and analysis services prior to, during and after the elections.

Chakwera and first petitioner UTM presidential hopeful Saulos Chilima claim that results for the May 21 2019 presidential election were marred with irregularities and fraud and want them nullified. The two are also seeking a court’s order for a re-run.

MEC declared President Peter Mutharika as winner.

The electoral petition case started on August 8 2019 and is tentatively set to finish on December 6 with a verdict possibly early next year.

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Mwinithako
Mwinithako
1 year ago

Mbavha ngati imeneyii yakuba siingakhale witness kkkk Mungotaya nthawi kkk

NZERU NKUPANGWA
NZERU NKUPANGWA
1 year ago

The headline is misleading. From the outset the court ourdered MEC to handover several databases of the results management system and the second petitioner’s IT team has had access to and duly conducted an audit on the system and also have copies of the database. To the untrained eye, the request to use MEC original databases to conduct simulations sounds resonable; there is need to show that the second respondent’s audit result is not due to manipulation. However, somebody would have to conduct an audit with simillar objectives to the second petitioner’s IT team before this simulation to see if… Read more »

Mtete
1 year ago

It’s common. Lawyers hate technology. They are comfortable with long winded jargons to confuse witnesses.

Noxy
1 year ago

IT siimene inavota a Suleman awa asatitayitsepo nthawi apa ndi anzawo a Bendulo opanda certificate aja chilichonse zamiseche basi.Ku MCP kwagona mamveramvera osati ma facts

SAUNDERS
SAUNDERS
1 year ago

These were the MCPs so called experts who tried to infiltrate the MEC servers to corrupt the results but they failed miserably and now they want to know the securities and defence of MEC Computers to corrupt the system. Cons Court should not allow that

Khima
Khima
1 year ago

MEC be careful with Daudi Suleman he is messed up ku USAID, went to Opportunity Bank he was an architect of a huge fraud and then went to NBS via Nico Tech, the bank’s was “closed” for days due to his botched system upgrade that left customers destitute without services. Let him use a simulated environment at least that way u can stay away from his questionable integrity.

FRED LOCKS
1 year ago

what comes around goes around

ZOWO
ZOWO
1 year ago

Lawyers vs IT Experts…ife pheeeee ku mastand tiwone umo zithele….

Thyolo Thava Boy
1 year ago

The days are indeed numbered. Let Malawians see what you did?

Chatsalira
Chatsalira
1 year ago

It is MEC servers that were supposed to be used as platform for various ICT services including recording the results. MEC is a public entity and the elections were for all Malawians.
What are you hiding from Malawians.

Ever heard of the words transparency and accountability?

Lixy
Lixy
1 year ago
Reply to  Chatsalira

Not in Malawi I guess

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