MEC ring-fence cross examination of IT chief Muhabi in Malawi poll case

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) lawyers have applied to the Constitutional Court to stop lawyers for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) from cross examining the pollster’s IT director on issues not covered in sworn statement in the ongoing presidential elections nullification petition hearing.

MEC Director of ICT Muhabi Chisi: To testify

The IT expert Muhabi Chisi is seen as another key witness by the petitioners as he controlled the results.

“Take notice that at the hearing of the matter, the second respondent shall object to any cross examination of Muhabi Chisi by the petitioners on matters not covered by the first petitioner’s petition,” says the court document.

At the start of the hearing Thursday morning, MEC chief executive officer Sam Alufandika told the court that the electoral body used unsigned result sheets and that he tendered result sheets to the commissioners for approval.

He, however, said he was not aware he was presenting tippexed result sheets to the commissioners.

Alufadika also told the court that alteration results were made in the absence of monitors.

Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale told the five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe that MEC, the second respondent in the case, will seek to prove that contrary to the petition by first petitioner Saulos Chilima of UTM Party and second petitioner Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), the presidential election results in the May 21 Tripartite Elections were not rigged.

“The elections system was derived in a way that there were party monitors at all levels. Polling station monitors were able to verify figures before signing. It is, therefore, a core theory of the second respondent that monitors witnessed all processes such that if there were any invalid votes, any candidate would have gone to court at that time,” said Kaphale.

In the case being heard by judges Ivy Kamanga, Healey Potani, Redson Kapindi, Mike Tembo and Dingiswayo Madise,  UTM Party president Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima and MCP presidential hopeful Dr Lazarus Chakwera are seeking nullification of the presidential election results on the basis that there were irregularities, especially in the results management system, that they believed compromised the outcome.

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Justice Usiwa
Justice Usiwa
9 months ago

Alfandika said all tally sheets were taken to constituency tally center where they were tippexed.Please follow his explanation when asked by Modecai

APM akundiyamwa shaft 🍆👅
APM akundiyamwa shaft 🍆👅
9 months ago

Mukuopa chani?

Amadeus
9 months ago

By ring-fencing, what are they hiding?? MEC data is public data, MEC is a public institution.

Toka
Toka
9 months ago

Nyimbo iyi mumayimba nokha ife sitimayimba nawo
Ayamba kale ayamba kale!!!!
Ayamba kaleee
Kunjenjemeraaaa

Nzanu ndi uyo anafuna kukomoka mu court ndi mafunso mpaka thukuta lochita kusamba kupempha break bwa!

Funding
Funding
9 months ago

Is it true that it was hot in court and the air condition was out of order?

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
9 months ago
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The silly cheeky- smile guy MISERABLY FAILED a LIE-DETECTING test. He can’t pass a Polygraph. Physiologically and psychologically it’s IMPOSSIBLE to lie to ONE’S OWN body. The body overtly and blatantly refuses.
Alfandika has learnt the hard way that it is MORALLY WRONG to be lying to people in anguish m’maso muli GWAAA! with a silly cheeky smile as if things are ok (because one’s tummy is full) when they are not.

Munyasiwa
Munyasiwa
9 months ago

Watch out for the deadly disorder called Alfandikasis. This is a typical disorder that comes in as a result of hiding behind signitures of less empowered and vulnerable monitors to justify validity

Kumzy kumzy
Kumzy kumzy
9 months ago

Ok paja anakana kuyasa makina. He will urinate ndithu mhabi

Truth nothing but the truth
Truth nothing but the truth
9 months ago

This MEC is a joke. Not that they were incompetent but that they might be influenced and now wants to cover their malaise. Questions to Muhabi should be beyond the petition as long as they are relevant and along the result management system. Its our expectation to hear if our electeral result management system was properly managed to all candidates satisfaction. Ichichitu chi MEC ndi cha a Malawi and had to be accountable to us. It’s my sincere prayer that this is the time to build the strongest foundation of our democracy. Missing this opportunity Malawi is gone. Our judges… Read more »

Lego
9 months ago

Exactly,once we miss this opportunity we must forget about our democracy and there shall be a voting aparthy in the coming elections.

Kapado Chimulirenji
9 months ago

Wakhaula Alfandika mpaka khoti kuima chifukwa cha chitungwa kubwera ndi mafunso a Bro. Theu. Koma Theu mpaka kumutulutsa thukuta bwana wa ku MEC? Mawa sindichoka pa Zodiak, nifuna ndive mafunso a katakwi Msisha. Koma chonde asakomoke Alfandika mawali.

PROF. ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA

THE CHIEF ELECTIONS OFFICER SAW THAT THE RESULTS SHEET WERE NOT CORRECT AND STILL PRESENTED THEM TO THE COMMISSIONERS FOR APPROVAL.

THE QUESTION IS: TO APPROVE THE IRREGULARITIES AND IN THE ABSENCE OF MONITORS??

ALUFANDIKA ….IN YOUR WORDS AND SWORN STATEMENT YOU HAVE ADMITTED ON RECORD THAT THERE WERE IRREGULARITIES WHICH MEC WAS SUPPOSED TO RESOLVE BEFORE ANNOUNCING THE WINNER.

MAY THUNDER STRIKE YOU ALUFANDIKA FOR SABOTAGING THE WILL OF MALAWIANS. INFA YAKO IDZAKHALA YOWAWA

YOU HAVE 21 DAYS TO REPENT OR GO TO HELL

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