MEC faults temporary staff for stray voter certificates

After carrying out a swift investigation, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said the 750 voter registration certificates issued at a centre in Lilongwe which were found abandoned in Mangochi.verified that the voter certificates that were abandoned in Mangochi  were forgotten by one of its temporary staff member.

Alufandika: registration information were not tampered with

According to MEC, the temporary staff member was part of the team that conducted voter verification exercise at Mlare School in Lilongwe and during the exercise the temporary staff in question was erroneously printing the voter certificates for every person who came for voter verification which was against clear instructions that printing should only be done for replacement of lost certificates.

But instead of handing over the certificates to MEC staff during retrieval after voter verification in Lilongwe, the staff member in question is reported to have forgotten to do so and proceeded with them to Mangochi where he had been posted to Thema 1 School.

And in Mangochi, the same temporary staff forgot the envelope alongside other personal effects in the room he had been sleeping at the school and envelope they were in, together with his personal effects, were found by pupils attending extra lessons at the school, who handed them over to the headteacher.

More drama proceeded in that the headteacher, who worked as a supervisor during the voter verification exercise, took the voter certificates to a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) campaign director and later to an aspiring MP for the constituency instead of informing the Commission, the District Commissioner or the Police.

“The aspiring MCP MP for the constituency displayed the voter certificates, took pictures and circulated them on social media,” MEC says in a statement issued on Friday by chief elections officer Sam Alfandika.

“Meanwhile, the temporary staff is still under police interrogation to establish if there was any ill motive for his action.

“MEC records show that a total of 821 voters came to verify their details during the voter verification exercise at Mlare School. As a way forward the Commission will organise a stakeholders meeting at Mlare School to explain to the voters at the centre what happened and also assure them that their voter registration details are safe and intact,” the statement said.

During the meeting the Commission will also show the voters register for the centre and the permanent records for the centre.

The voter certificates found in Mangochi will be kept in safe custody by the MEC and be destroyed in full view of the public when the matter is closed.

“The MEC will no longer involve the headteacher at Thema 1 School in subsequent electoral activities because he behaved irresponsibility and showed politically compromised conduct,’’ the statement said .

The temporary staff has been withdrawn from MEC ongoing voter verification for purposes of further interrogation by the Police.

The Commission is assuring all stakeholders that this incident has not comprised the registration details of the people at Mlare Centre in Lilongwe.

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.

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muonosile
muonosile
1 year ago

Apa ndiyetu vote iri m’madzi basi palibe chabwino ata.

Shack
Shack
1 year ago

So how many certificates have been printed and transferred from the North/Center to the South by temporarily employees. And why are temporary employees given authority to print/transfer voter registrations? Bravo to the aspiring MCP candidate and the head teacher for exposing what MEC is doing!

Shit!
Shit!
1 year ago

Jane Ansah, only your boyfriend M r Maliseche will believe this crap!

Mad as hell
Mad as hell
1 year ago

So this Guy was able to print 750 voter certificates without anyone noticing that he was engaged in illegal activity?………….seriously MEC you want us to believe this bullshit?

Kumzy
Kumzy
1 year ago

The worst Mec ever

Mad as hell
Mad as hell
1 year ago

MEC you have blood on your hands! You have no idea what the implications of your incompetence are……or do you? I’m mad as hell at Jane Ansah and the whole MEC, shame shame shame on you, we have lost the little credibility we had

Stupid
Stupid
1 year ago

MEC, do you realize that people could lose lives because of your stupidity and carelessness! You think thi is a laughing matter? Shame on you!!!!

Ida
Ida
1 year ago

Justice Jane Ansa please step down. You might be a learned Counsel but this task is beyond your capabilities. Why didn’t we experience such problems during Justice Annastazia Msosa’s time?

Moya
Moya
1 year ago

This temporary staff has no supervision and this temporary staff is moving around with sensitive information everywhere but none of the supervisors notices or realize that. Printing of any material in Mec should be monitored, IT manager has no control to check who is printing what? It Cleary shows there lack of control, what are the supervisors busy with if they don’t know what their temporary staff are doing? If temporary staff can print and lose such info undetected what more serious crimes can a permanent staff do undetected if they were compromised?

Bristone Mabichi
Bristone Mabichi
1 year ago

Come May 21, with this mess, no one will be a winner. Check your hands MEC people, that could be blood. You, MEC are meddling with forces you may not comprehend. Mark my words. Lord, help us.

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