MEC fails to produce documents used to declare Malawi presidential winner

As the High Court sitting as a Constitutional Court  is set to start hearing a petition seeking to nullify presidential election results on July 29, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has failed to comply with the order  on disclosure of information, including documents they used to declarer the  presidential winner  in the in the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah ad her commissioners (c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

MEC is the second respondent in a case which President Peter  Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is the first respondent while the country’s immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima of UTM Party is the first petitioner with Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera as second petitioner.

Chilima and Chakwera are  challenging the presidential vote and seeking nullification.

Court documents which Nyasa Times has seen indicate that having been ordered on 27 June 2019, to disclose and produce the documents directed by the  judges within 11 days, MEC has not complied with the said order by failing to produce  the documents.

MEC according to the Court has failed to produce original presidential reaults sheets for all the 5002 polling centres (Form 66C) duly signed by poll officials  and other agents of candidates and or political  parties including those of the second petitioner.

The Jane Ansah led electoral commission has also failed to produce original presidential results tally sheets, list of polling centres and results per each polling centre constituency.

The court also ordered MEC to produce presidential tally sheets for all the 28 districts (Form 73C) but has also failed.

MEC has also failed to produce log books for 12 districts of Thyolo, Blantyre, Machinga, Phalombe, Mulanje, Nsanje, Chikwawa, Mangochi, Lilongwe, Dedza, Nkhotakota and Rumphi.

The ourt ordered MEC to produce list of Data entry clerks but again they have failed to submit the list.

While MEC has not submitted the documents,  lawyers representing President Mutharika complained to the court that Chilima has not complied with an order to file “paginated bundles” to their client by July 1 this year.

In a petition dated July 9 2019, private practice lawyer Frank Mbeta submits that Chilima’s legal team has not shared the documents they will rely on in court.

But lawyer George Mtchuka Mwale of Chilima’s legal team  said they complied with the court order by filing all relevant documents.

Mbeta said he has received  Chakwera’s paginated bundle.

On June 27, the court directed parties to the case to exchange or serve each other relevant documents, including responses, before July 29 when hearing of the substantive matter to the case is set to start.

Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda certified the case as a constitutional matter and assigned a five-judge panel comprising Healey Potani, Mike Tembo, Dingiswayo Madise, Ivy Kamanga and Redson Kapindu.

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Natty Prince
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Natty Prince

Ngati a mec akulephera kupeleka mapepala amene anaulusira zoti mbuli munthalika wawina ndiye kuti mbuli mr Tipp-ex munthalika sipurezideti wa Malawi munangomuikapo inu a mec mfiti jane ansah munthu oyipa kwambiri iwe

SMART
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SMART

11 days failing to produce the data when Jane Ansah was able to produce information to journalist when she was asked questions. She printed live on TV so what’s the challenge to produce that information in 11 days when she instantly produced information when the whole nation was watching. Something is very wrong and the court must help us out.

Nabetha
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Nabetha

SHAME ON YOU!!! WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT BUT JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING XXX. KEEP SHOUTING MOTHER MALAWI!!

Chingoni pa stone
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Preparing for Braai ine, am inviting all members ku Nyasa times kuti mubwere tizaoyche nyama ku Likuni kwathu pa 30 Jully

Masambero
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Masambero

How did they manage to announce the results of the president and now failing to produce the same documents used to errect the president are they missing Mec dont sleep this time arround malawians are no longer fools and in future be transparent i believe the names of data crerks are missing too.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

I think you wanted to say elect?

Pastor Mbewe
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Pastor Mbewe

Pastor Mbewe you are very disgraceful man with your ceremony at College of Medicine. You clearly showed everyone that you were another DPP cadet. Many Christians are now moving away from your KA church.

Vulgar
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The comments are still coming! I am running out of coffee!

Zikapenga zilibe 2koloko
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Zikapenga zilibe 2koloko

No wonder MEC and APM didn’t want the case in court

Kwangwgwa
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Kwangwgwa

Paja amati mfiti yowuma mtima ndi mkazi, ndiye imeneyi Jane Ansah ndi anzakewo. Zitsiru zenizeni.

gwenenthe mwale
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gwenenthe mwale

kkkkkkk. zikomo kwambiri amalawi azanga!
talandira madando 147 ndipo onse tasova-ZOPUSA
JANE ANSAH THE BIGGEST PROSTITUTE IN MALAWI!
YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED MY FRIEND!