MEC releases Malawi poll report: Decries State abuse of resources, MBC

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) on Thursday released the much awaited detailed report on the May 20, 2014 elections which ushered President Peter Mutharika to power controversially.

The report is decrying the continued abuse of public resources during electoral period by ruling parties and the reluctance of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to open up to opposition political parties.

Commissioner Chinkwita Phiri (left) and  MEC chair Justice Maxon Mbendera:  Results out Friday

Commissioner Chinkwita Phiri (left) and MEC chair Justice Maxon Mbendera

Mutharika, 76, the younger brother of president Bingu wa Mutharika who died in office in 2012, was declared winner of the disputed polls.

MEC report has been long overdue after  a renowned governance body Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) criticised the “flawed” election of Mutharika, saying the result was tainted by “substantial electoral irregularities”.

The state-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) also released its report which noted  that the elections that ushered Mutharika to powere were not fair, not transparent and therefore not credible.

In the 75-paged MEC report  signed by all Commissioner which has been submitted to President Mutharika, the electoral body has since called for strict enforcement of the Communications Act to ensure the public broadcaster treat all candidates and political parties fairly and equally.

MEC revealed in the report that during the electoral period, it held a meeting with MBC management after it was observed that it was bias toward the then ruling Peoples Party (PP) and its allies.

“As one way of levelling the play field, the Commission held two meetings with the Board of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC). The first meeting was held on April 4, 2014 at the MEC Head Office to find means on how the broadcaster could treat all electoral players equitably. It was observed that the public broadcaster was biased towards the ruling party and its allies,” reads in the report in part.

Among other recommendations, the electoral body has called for legal reforms that will check abuses of state resources during campaign and the need for investment in the improvement of results management.

MEC also said there is a need for the country to migrate to a new biometric voter registration system with electronic field data capture.

“The 2014 tripartite elections were a significant step in the sustenance of democracy in Malawi as they marked the return of local governance structures after over a decade. The combination of three elections presented an enormous task for the Malawi Electoral Commission. The challenges faced in the conduct of the elections are very important lessons for the conduct of future elections,” reads the report.

According to the report, the elections had a 70.7 percent Voter Turnout with percentage of Valid Votes against Registered Voters at 69.99 percent. 1.07 percent was null and Void against Total Votes cast. 7,470,806 people registered to vote with 5,228,583 as a total Valid votes. Null and Void votes were 56,695 with a total Votes Cast at 5,285,278.

In the MHRC report, MEC was criticised for its poor “preparedness “. And that the credibility of the elections, in terms of both the process and the outcome is “therefore cast in very serious doubts.”

The rights commission recommended that the elections management capacity of MEC needs to be strengthened, including among other things by ensuring that Malawi graduates from dependence on donors to fund its elections.

“Government should be committed to fully and timely fund Malawi’s elections,” recommends MHRC.

The rights commission also recommends that detailed in-depth investigations into the shortcomings and irregularities of the elections should be carried out “in order to identify the root causes and put the issue of whether or not these developments were a result of deliberate manipulation to rest.”

MHRC also called for several electoral reforms, including overhauling the first-past-the-post system to a system where the winner is voted for by a majority—and further discusses flaws during the pre-election period, during the eventual period and a five-month post-election period.

 

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Mlengi Akuwona
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The commission needed patriots otherwise the country was sold to atambwali who are acting as if they are foregners that after devauging they will go back to their original country

obwande
Guest

MEC betrayed Malawi to current status.No hoodwinking here,MBC tried but you failed the whole process by declaring a loser into power. Bare with me you will pay the consequences of this evil for God never lets His people suffer for ever.

MAMA
Guest

Koma RESEARCH KAYA AMATI MALISECHE AKUPANGIDWA NDI A MEC GUYS !!

WHAT ARE THESE PPLES QUALIFICATIONS ???

ANOTHER FORENSIC OR BANK ANALYSIS ???

ALL FAKES !!!

Chidzukulu Cha Akwitusya
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Chidzukulu Cha Akwitusya
MEC was part of the team that rigged the votes this is why they are talking of MBC issues however for the first time Malawians have experience a change in the media where even the oppositions parties were being beamed on the TV. Malawians are still waiting to be told why did the chair cried? The process will never change until they change the electronic system they used last time..this government had the team that were given the rights to access the data and change them before the MEC.. We have seen and witnessed the deliberate destruction of evidence like… Read more »
Ticoon Li
Guest

Its time tell the truth now..am safe outside malawi..you can now tell the nation what happened from the info i gave you. god bless Land of Malawi

zimatiwawabe
Guest

Konzan kaye Malawi nde mutsitiuza bwino za m’mene munawapatsira boma agalu anzanu aja….zauchitsiru basi fwifwili fwifwili mbc, mbc, mbc.. Ndi ife? Manyi anuwo musauze mtundu wa a Malawi chonde mungotengapo tsoka coz ana athu akudandaulabe kut sakudziwa kumene akupita kut kuli zotan……

Alfred Munduwabo
Guest
Why not mentioning ZODIAK which you had used to confuse people as if as it was doing a proper job to the nation and yet DPP and Souls Chilima paid billions to this radio station to be announcing fake figures ? During Bingu’s time ZODIAK was not in goods books with DPP and they were being attacked to an extent of torching their vehicles , stoning and talking bad against them . The whole rigging was through ZODIAK , Malawians trust too much this radio station and yet they got too much money from DPP that’s why after 2014 tripartite… Read more »
Rodgers Banda
Guest

No need to keep mosquitoes as MEC this is now pouring oil on troubled waters. That’s why the kangaroo courts dogged,

Zangaphee
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Mbendera unene kaye chimene umalira poulutsa ma result a president. Apo ayi siyani mpando. Chonde kondani dziko osati ndalama. Kuno kuli mavuto osasimbika.

Cash Gate
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A Mec Asanamizire A Mbc, Ngati Ntchito Yawo Amaigwira Ndi Dyera Ndindalama Ndikusowa Chilungamo Kwawo

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