MEC to probe Mchinji bye-elections ‘attempted rigging’ by DPP

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it will investigate incidents in Mchinji West Constituency where opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) parliamentary candidate Jephther Mwale defeated  ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Stephano Kamwani in by-election marred with intimidation and rigging tacticis by DPP.

Mveriwa: MEC investigating
Mveriwa: MEC investigating

MCP reported DPP to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and office of Mchinji district commissioner (DC), accuding the ruling party of intimidation and interference.

Accoridng to MCP director of elections Maxwell Thyolera, tsome DPP officials were putting on MEC regalia and badges instead of local monitor badges and regalia.

MCP singled out the Vice-President’s personal assistant Moses Kuchingale as he was spotted at three centres, namely Mchinji Community Day Secondary School, Mchinji Secondary School and at Kamwendo Trading Centre wearing MEC regalia.

Kuchingale has since denied the allehgations.

MEC spokesperson Richard Mveriwa said the commission was investigating the Kuchingale matter.

“We are still investigating the matter as to how the VP’s personal assistant managed to get hold of the MEC attire to use it and his intention in doing whatever he did,”Mveriwa said.

Mchinji police officer in charge Maximus Thomson Bakalialso  said the police were investigating the matter.

Generally the voting went on peacefully as  few people came to vote for a parliamentarian to replace Billy Kanjira Banda of MCP who died in March this year.

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5 years ago

Only in South Africa do investigations really mean anything. If they say they are investigating, they mean it. You will see the fruits not in Malawi. Thats is why nothing in Malawi.

5 years ago

Now you know how dpp thugs steal votes or rig elections. They come in disguise wearing mec attire. How does this happen?

Just like robbers or killers wearing police or military uniform. Any similarity you see here?

5 years ago

Investigation in Malawi is useless. It’s just gimmick to bluff the people. The aim of investigation in Malawi is just to give false hope to the people and make them believe that somebody is doing something on the matter. Investigation in Malawi never reaches any conclusion. MEC and police are cheating us that they are investigating the matter. That is blue lie. Come next and ask them about this issue, they will tell you that they are still investing. In simple term the word investigation has lost its meaning in Malawi. In Malawi the word investigation means a cunning way… Read more »

5 years ago
Reply to  OMEX70

Also Njaunju investigation has taken forever

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