MEC investigates 750  Lilongwe voter’s certificates abandoned in Mangochi

While dust is settling on demand by electoral stakeholders for  the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to engage independent investigators to assess components of a biometric voter registration kit that went missing in Mwanza and Mzuzu,  MEC says it has sent a team of fact finding mission to Mangochi after 750 voter certificates meant for Lilongwe Msinja were found in Mangochi west.

The voter certificates found in Mangochi

The voter certificates were found in an envelope at a primary school in Mangochi west where a verification exercise for voters had just completed on Sunday.

People who spoke to Nyasa Times  at the school said a cleaner found the certificates in a class room where the voter registration was taking place.

After the cleaner handed over the envelope, they found the certificates which a serial number 134252 with names of Mlale, Bunda and constituency Lilongwe Msinja.

This has raised concern as some quarters of society think this was part f a rigging system by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

While admitting to have received the report, MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa said his institution is still carrying their investigations on the matter.

He said the commission has seen pictures of abandoned  voter registration certificates circulating on social media.

“The preliminary information indicates that the certificates are for Mlare School in Lilongwe Msinja North Constituency but were found abandoned at Thema 1 School in Mangochi at the end of voter  verification exercise,” Mwafulirwa said in a statement.

He said the Commission has dispatched a team to investigate the matter on the ground in Mangochi to establish the origin of the voter certificates.

“The Commission is also checking internally to establish what transpired. The Commission is also questioning all temporary  and permanent staff that worked in the two centres during voter registration and verification respectively,” MEC spokesman said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times.

He said MEC has checked the voter registration  records of Mlare School and the duplicate certificates for all the  registrants are intact in the books whose total summary was signed  off by monitors of political parties that were present during the voter registration process as attached.

“Stakeholders are assured of due diligence and commitment of the Commission to resolve this issue in collaboration with all relevant authorities and preserve the integrity of the electoral process.  MEC will be updating the nation when the investigations are completed,” the statement said.

Mangochi district Nation Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust Tena Banda said he received the report on the matter.

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party spokesperson Rev. Maurice Munthali wondered if the 2019 polls will credible  especially with what is happening with MEC.

“Last year the voters registration kit were found dumped in a Mozambican train, the missing of MEC computers in Mzuzu and today we are hearing this report. This tells us that MEC is failing to conduct its duties and that the polls will not be free and fair,” lamented Munthali.

During a highly-charged National Elections Consultative Forum (Necof) meeting in Lilongwe last year Novemebr, MEC officials were taken to task to explain circumstance that led to the missing of the gadget found on a train in Mozambique and a laptop computer as well as other accessories reported missing in Mzuzu.

Explanations by MEC chairperson Jane Ansah,  a Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal judge,  that the missing of equipment has no effect on the registration process and that there is no data lost apparently fell on deaf ears.

MEC spokesman said that Malawians should still have confidence in MEC that it will conduct a free, fair and credible election on May 21.

 

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JJ Mbewe the pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the pathfinder
1 year ago

I have been telling you kuti this Dpp government is rigging these votes ,musamale ndi dausi kusintidwa kwake kupita Ku home affairs , there is a very big issue happening there, Tatopa ndiulamulilo Wa nkalamba wochita kugunyuza antu akupedwa koma iyeyu akungokala without doing anything we need new blood

Katakwe
1 year ago

How many investigations will MEC carry out about their own mal-administation and what has been the outcome of such investigations so far? Stop wasting public money for this nonsense because we know the obvious.

Bristone Mabichi
Bristone Mabichi
1 year ago

This Ansah lady must go, her clinging to power is very fatal. When there is not exit door, we all know what will follow. Ka Malawi’ka kagawikana chifukwa cha dyera la ena. Zonse ndi nthawi basi, anzathu analakwanji? Zikudza, …

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
1 year ago

Cheap propaganda to discredit DPP and MEC. What’s the use of those cards if they are not accompanied by real fingers access the corresponding biometric files?

Mtenzi Mzungu
Mtenzi Mzungu
1 year ago

Heavy duty has said it all

Malawi
Malawi
1 year ago

Malawi is not ready for the elections. Ansah should do a decent thing and resign.

Favour of Yahweh
1 year ago

Why should it be DPP when we clearly know it is UTM. Chilima has challenged Chakwera, and he has even gone as far as kusanzika kwa Kauma. This is UTM field. Owen Muzafa ndi mkwiyo inu, all the time you have hate. You won’t go further in this field.

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
1 year ago

Here we go again! …….how does MEC explain this???

kazenje
1 year ago

Nyasa times u say some quaters say its DPP plot but u have excludes that other views are saying its the opposition who wants to discredit election commosssion. what type of jaunalism is it. i always tells my journalism students to balance stories. pple will analyse ur reporting and once they find biasness they will lose trust

Kumzy
Kumzy
1 year ago

This is the worst Mec Malawi has ever had

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