MEC bans private security during nomination papers presentation

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has banned the use of private security detail by presidential candidates during the presentation of nomination papers.

MEC chairperson, Dr. Jane Ansah SC at Comesa Hall

This follows an incident on Wednesday when a private security company staff assaulted a MEC stringer when UTM presidential candidate Saulos Chilima was presenting his nomination papers at Comesa hall in Blanyre.

Chilima has since condemned the attack on George Banda as regrettable and retrogressive and asked the police to investigate the matter and let the law take its course on the culprits.

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah told journalists after the incident on Wednesday that the police will now take charge of security for the presidential candidates during the presentation of the nomination papers.

“We want journalists to do their job without any fear. The assault of the journalist is a threat to the existence of the freedom of the press in the country,” said Ansah.

She therefore ordered that all private security detail would not be allowed around the Comesa hall during the presentation of the nomination papers.

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NotWakanda4Ever
NotWakanda4Ever
2 years ago

people bring in private security cause they dont trust national police! they like watching when opposition are being beaten etc… good move for parties to start ganging up against cadets now!

Pitala and Zamiya K145 million Bwezani Mwaba

Utm has cadets too.

Saulos
Saulos
2 years ago

Anthuwa ndiamodzi sanasinthe. Make mbuuuu mwana mbuuuu. Mdichifukwa chake timanena kuti DPP camp2.

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

MEC please dont be reactionary, first of all what is the definition of private security? Is it the uniform or what? All parties come with people surrounding them to control the hustle and bustle. Just tell them to behave themselves, the way that SKC has demonstrated by rebuking the use of unnecessary force.

Chriss
Chriss
2 years ago

Well done MEC. I suspect they were DDP cadets and deliberately put on UTM colours. MBC knew of this plot and were ready to break the news and find space to tarnish the image of UTM.

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
2 years ago
Reply to  Chriss

KKKKKKKK mwagwidwatu with pants down anthu azisokonezo inu. Apapanso mukufuna mupake DPP ayi ndithu chitankoni manyazi.

Still More
Still More
2 years ago

Congrats madam

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