MEC says results for Malawi polls expected in 8 days: Ansah assures credible elections, dismisses rigging fears

As Malawi’s 6.9-million registered voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah has asked  Malawians to have trust in the commission that a fair a democratic process will be done.

Ansah: MEC processes have been transparent throughout

Ansah told a news conference on Monday  that MEC will deliver a credible elections playing down fears of rigging as claimed by UTM Party  which is accusing governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of training mercenary police officers to man polling centres and allegedly execute the purported plot.

But  MEC chairperson said security officers are not allowed to be involved in vote counting, carrying materials, stressing that their role is strictly to provide security.

Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is also UTM Party presidential candidate in Tuesday’s election, also alleged that DPP has hired former Zimbabwe Police chief Augustine Chihuri to train the mercenary officers.

But Ansah, who is a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal,  insisted  there is no room for any bogus security personnel to infiltrate the system.

“We have received one report of an allegation that there’re plans of rigging. That there are people wearing police uniforms and  that there’s one man from Zimbabwe who trained  and deployed these people. Police response is that these claims are baseless,” she said.

Ansah also trashed rumours that there are  ballot papers already marked, saying the claims  are aimed at discouraging people from voting.

“This is not true. No ballots have been marked already,” she assured.

Ansah  said all ballot papers have security features that one can see and others features that cannnot be seen and  only MEC officials know them.

“Be assured that the ballot papers you’ll get are real,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ansah  said the elections results will be announced within 8 days.

“ MEC will not be in a hurry to announce results in order  to do a thorough job,” she said.

Ansah could not say when then inaguartion of the president-elect would take place, saying  MEC is not involved in organizing the swearing in ceremony of the president.

Analysts say with no provision for a run-off election, the close contest between the three frontrunners – President Peter Mutharika, vice –president Saulos Chilima and former leader of opposition Lazurus Chakwera –  could bring complications.

Political analyst Sherrif Kaisi says the outcome depends on the rural areas, where more than 80 percent of Malawians live.

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Ulemu Banda
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Ulemu Banda

8 days is a lot of time to announce results. How many people are voting again? and 8 days to confirm? Really MEC?

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

It better be and stop all nonsense pls. Get this mahure oit than annoing is all to using our taxes when he bloody contribute nothing tangible to our ecomnomy pls pls.
And dont mess up our minds pls with chilimas name missong on the registry.
Fools. You think you can tease the malawians ?????
Sick minded pipo.
Why cant you go by your wourds??????
Idiots.
Just get this bloody idiot zimbabwe bastard out of our faces..
Potala can invite him after the elections.
What os his tenure here pls pls????
Stop this stinking idea and drama.you are stirring anger in us

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
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Anzelu ndi Anzelu

Tiyeni tipase Adadi mavoti athu. DPP ilamulile komanso onse osutsa akhale osutsa zaka 5 zikubwela. Adadi womwewo kuti WA!!! wa!!!

Paperback
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How many idiots do we have? Or rather how many thieves do we have at MEC and state house? Let us count: 1. Mr. Rango. 2. Mrs. Rango. 3. Proper idiot……..etc

Charlie
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Charlie

Its simply going to be rigged.
All we hope for is if Dpp lose there is a smooth transition of power.
This country is full of top brass thugs.
Its a rotting corpse.
May the years of prosperity return!

Wisey
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Wisey

“May the years of prosperity return”

AMEN.

Smart Aunt Sally
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Do you think idiot will win? I doubt.

BigMan
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BigMan

I watched the Press conference and I am afraid Ansah doesnt inspire confidence with her responses. I mean the allegation is that the police has brought in cadets to mess the election, her response is that she has asked the same police if this is true and they have said no, so as far as she is concerned the story is untrue!!!!! How ridiculous is that? You asked the rigger to confirm if they are rigging?

As for putting the chief rigger Mwapasa in charge of policing the election, that tells me the IG is compromised or a weakling.

jimy
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jimy

mawa mamamawa kulawilila ndikulawilila basis ndikavotele dpp ndi adad kuti abwelele mboma ndapenga

Noxy
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Inenso chimodzidzi Adad omwewo

elard
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elard

ameneyi nde mukuona ngati anganene zoona

Geoffrey
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Rig and win. That is my motto.