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.
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.