MEC cautions polling staff against use of Tippex in Malawi rerun

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has warned its polling staff against the use of white correctional fluid Tippex during the forthcoming court-ordered fresh presidential elections.

Commissioner Moffat Banda speaking to journalists

Tippex was among a plethora of irregularities that led to the nullification of the 2019 presidential elections by the constitution court.

Speaking in Blantyre on Wednesday when he officially opened a Masters of Trainers Orientation Training, MEC Commissioner Moffat Banda said the use of tippex is not allowed in any electoral process.

Commissioner Banda said:” As MEC we are not ready to face another daunting task to justify if the elections were free and fair like we did with the 2019 tripartite elections”.

“This time around we have recruited well qualified  teachers with a minimum of a diploma and we expect the outcome to be better than the previous elections,”he added.

Commissioner Banda, who is also chairperson of the media and public relations committee of MEC, maintained that during the 2019 elections, the commission trained its polling staff against the use of tippex but was suprised to see the result sheets with the correction  fluid.

Meanwhile MEC said it still has a budget deficit of 8 billion kwacha to conduct the fresh presidential elections.

Commissioner Banda said the commission will still proceed preparing for the polls as ordered by the court despite the difficulties.

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Wa Nick
Wa Nick
8 months ago

Anyway your mandate is ending on 5th June you incompetent people.

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
8 months ago

No tippex, wina aluza

Mtete
8 months ago

I think the opposition should inform voters over and over during campaign meetings, particularly in their strongholds, to take with them their own ball points when going to vote for marking on Ballot Papers. They should strictly not accept MEC pens

Chi
Chi
8 months ago

Mr Banda who supplied the tippex
And what did you do to him or them?
As long as there is no action against the suppliers, you will be disappointed that they will supply something like rubbers, fake papers ghosts voters and fake pens…
Action speaks louder than words

Lego
8 months ago

So why your stupid APM is attacking the judiciary?

kavibangwa
kavibangwa
8 months ago

also don’t supply ball pens with disappearing ink, i urge every voter to bring their pen and not use those at the polling station. This will prevent rigging as well as prevent spread of corona.

Mwini muzi.
8 months ago
Reply to  kavibangwa

No any material apart from MEC will be dangerous.

Mmalawi
Mmalawi
8 months ago

“The use of TIPPEX is not allowed in any electral process” lero? whay did you allow it in May 2019. Ndinu mwatisokonezela kuwina kwathu.. Mukuoneka ngati othandiza koma mwatosochelesa

chataika
chataika
8 months ago
Reply to  Mmalawi

Yes is not allowed but it was used to correct errors that is why it was across the country. Be mindful that the 2019 elections were totally different from the previous elections because there were many forms to enter data so it was hard to rule out some mistakes when entering data. Now this time have learnt that before entering the actual figures then they have to balance first on a separate paper (unofficial) be it plain paper of notebook paper and once everyone is convinced about the correctness of data will be finally transfered to official electoral form as… Read more »

Whitman
Whitman
8 months ago
Reply to  chataika

Anasintha dala anthu ovotetsa nthawi yothayitha ndi cholinga choti asokoneze dala zisankho. Anthu omwe anaphunzitsidwa anasiyidwa nkutenga aohunzitsi oti sad sphinx it sides nkomwe kuti akavotestse nkuona ankatenga zotsatira kukagona nazo kunyumba ma PEA . We want a smart FPE this time around.

Mwini muzi.
8 months ago
Reply to  chataika

In addition, the rows of the blocks to write in figures was too closely spaced such that if you make an error ( which is normal) you can hardly cross out and write another one above or at the bottom without dirtaining the figures. Thus why people used tippex. The design of the form must change.

Wa Nick
Wa Nick
8 months ago
Reply to  chataika

This is the reason why it was nulified.mmafuna a court achite kukuwuzani pamaso kuti tipex was meant for rigging?

APM Hands DPP back to UDF

Your chidakwa boss thinks tippex is allowed. What a shame! He thinks the international community he chased with his brother have a say on the electoral laws. I am luck I was not taught by chidakwa and Kaphale. I would have been a very stupid lawyer.

Whitman
Whitman
8 months ago

Fumbi kufumbi, dothi ku dothi. Nyimbo 371. Kkkkkkkkk

master
master
8 months ago

The face tells it all, that you are the most corrupt baron commisioners when it comes to elections, unfortunately you are packing by COB friday, u deserve the hall of shame forever

Chenike Mei
Chenike Mei
8 months ago

Professor Tipp-Ex ndiye akhumudwatu…..!

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