MEC dispels rumours that its truck illegally offloaded materials in Karonga

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) seems to be embroiled in one mishap after another and the latest is that it has been forced to dispel rumours that its truck was illegally offloading voter verification materials before arriving at its destination at Karonga District Council.

Ansah and her Commission not insiring confidence for a credbile vote

But rather, MEC explains, the van — registration number TPE32 — had successfully delivered material to the Council on Saturday, December 29, 2018 ahead of the voter verification exercise scheduled to commence on Saturday, January 5, 2019.

“On the way back, the driver stopped at a Total Service Station to refuel the vehicle. While at the station a used seal dropped,” explains Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika in a statement issued on Friday.

“Social media have speculated that the van was dropping out some materials illegally to the jeopardy of the ongoing electoral process.

The Commission is advising the general public to refrain from feeding the electorate with fake stories.

“All electoral stakeholders are encouraged to verify matters first before throwing in their weight behind such fake stories.”

On Thursday, MEC was also forced to issue a statement when pictures of abandoned voter registration certificates that were found in Mangochi District went viral on social media raising fears of rigging.

The development follows the unresolved theft in September 2018 of one of MEC’s biometric voter registration kits (BVRK) which was found on a coal train in Mozambique.

Commenting on Facebook, Rhodrick Junaid Kalumpha said: “The unfolding fiasco of voter registration certificates found in Mangochi yet belonging to Mlare School in Msinja, Lilongwe is reason enough to show that Jane Ansah and her team are incompetent and can’t be trusted to conduct a free and fair election.

“First was the machine that was found in Mozambique, now this? Surely Ansah if she has any iota of shame and has a pinch of love for Malawi as a nation must respectfully relinquish her position, together with her fellow commissioners.”

MEC also insists that stakeholders wishing further information can contact MEC Director of Media and Public Relations, Sangwani Mwafulirwa on 0999274304 or use Mwafulirwa’s personal email — [email protected].

On social media, people questioned why Mwafulirwa should be using a personal email instead of an official one.

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Bob
Bob
1 year ago

While at the filling station a used seal dropped. Is it a living thing and wanted to run away? Why not dropping when the vehicle is moving and elsewhere?

CIA
CIA
1 year ago

paja anzanu analila while announcing the results and a few years later he passed on….. God can not be mocked…. we are his people and he loves us so much all your plans will fail God is with us

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

There will be no rigging. If majority of people want you, you will win. Calm down.

Katakwe
1 year ago

The return of colonialism will probably do Malawians a greater deal of favour than claiming to be independent when we can not see the fruits of independence. Whether one likes it or not MEC must confess that they have failed. The person to shoulder the blame is the CEO, Alfandika. He doesn’t have the capacity to be a team leader despite his experience conducting elections in Nigeria, Jordan and Afghanistan. He may have performed there (if indeed he did) because he was being supervised. In other words Alfandika is not ripe to be a manager and administer elections under his… Read more »

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
1 year ago

Kodi a Malawi ma commissioner amasankhidwa ndi mumthu m’modzi monga President A Muthalika anapangiramu nkumati ma commissioner akhala olongosoka? Sintuzu basi chifukwa akutumikira olamulayo basi.

JJ Mbewe the pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the pathfinder
1 year ago

mayi ameneyi ndi nfiti kwambiri ngakale ndinakumana naye panseu ndikoza kumugunda ,chisilu chimenechi , mukufuna antu asaziwe zama plan anu bwanji, pakuchitika chinyengo rigging nde mukufuna asaziwe chifukwa chani, mesa inuyo ndamene mumatilimbikisa kuti tikadule chipaso chovotela mavoti nde pano mukufuna muzikala ngati muzavota noka, mainu mungavote noka Malawi yonseyi muzikala ngati chisanko cha kunyumba kwanu

Moya
Moya
1 year ago

All ballot papers this time around should be kept at the Malawi army storage facilities bcoz we don’t think MEC can secure them properly in their warehouses or else just like in the past they will be tampered with or warehouses will go into flames. We shall need the ballots intact for verification or queries purposes which we all know will come up soon after announcing results.

Shack
Shack
1 year ago

Does MEC think we’re stupid? There’s no way a seal can drop by itself. This is stupid. Kutumidwa ndi DPP!

Bristone Mabichi
Bristone Mabichi
1 year ago

Everything is possible with our MEC, they are trying to please their masters but somehow things are failing naturally. MEC is a total failure and we only look to God for a better Malawi, otherwise these poll-stars are bent on evil. Today this, tomorrow that and their explanations do not add up to anything. MECs Mangochi explanation about the voter cards is completely useless.

Dzunje
Dzunje
1 year ago

Following the stories with keen interest. MEC be careful you will put this country on fire.
Just tell those u’re working for that all ur moves zalephereka. Let God be God.

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