MEC suspends ‘opaque meetings’ with presiding officers

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said its meetings which staff and lawyers have been having in district councils with election presiding officers to collect information for the on-going  court case have been stopped.

MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa: The meetings have been stopped

“Due to the unconducive atmosphere characterised by animosity and violent behaviour towards staff and lawyers, the commission has decided to halt the exercise. We are no longer going to the councils to collect affidavits and witness statements for our case,” said MEC spokesman Sangwani Mwafulirwa.

Mwafulirwa said it was unfortunate that those pursuing justice were in the forefront disturbing the very process of seeking justice.

“We feel that, as a party that was sued, we should have been given room to collect witness statements and present them to court,” he said.

Mwafulirwa dismissed reports that some presiding officers were requested , forced or induced with money  to sign new election results sheet or form as alleged by Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

He said lawyers for the electoral commission will be deciding the way forward and the nation will be informed.

During the exercise, MEC officials met hostility in other parts of the country, which the electoral body says threatened their lives.

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM president Saulos Chilima have gone to the courts to dispute the May 21 presidential polls which they say MEC manipulated in favour of President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Mutharika and the DPP dispute this.

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concerned citizen

Dzuka Malawi MEC could be going for pan B. 1- Continue with their exercise using the internet or 2- As some one has already stated, by asking election presiding officer to go to MEC offices in person to complete their exercise. 3 – Do it even at night when the public eye is not there.

Bilex sibale
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Bilex sibale

Sorry kungoti munachedwa pang’ono bwezi munanong’ona kuti tikubera mavoti. Anthu opusa nzeru inu eti

Matako
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Matako

How interesting. According to Jazebel Jane Ansah, MEC announced election results based on information it had in its possession. What kind of information are you seeking from presiding officers? The rumors going around about MEC lawyers asking POs to sign new forms is very troubling. It is the only thing which makes sense if MEC is going gathering new evidence to refute the opposition case., they are doing this by trying to get the POs sign new forms with new figures? We Malawians do not trust MEC. From the beginning it has not been transparent. Even now as far as… Read more »

Kwangwgwa
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Kwangwgwa

Pa zoona umboni saugubira choncho ayi. Musatinamize apumbwa inu. Bwanji simunatiuze kuti mukuzatenga ma umboni. Munangobwera osapanga odini. Yikuthizimuleni basi.

THE APOSTLE
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MUNYEREDWA KODI MESA MUNATIUZA KUTI CHISANKHO CHINAYENDA BWINO NANGA CHOTI MUZIKATENGA NDUKUTOLERA UMBONI NDI CHANI

I COMMAND ANGEL MICHAEL TO STRIKE JANE ANSAH, PETER MUTHARIKA TO DEATH IN THE NEXT 7 DAYS . MWATIONJEZA

zenizeni
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zenizeni

a MEC anayitanitsa ma phone number a ma head onse Mmalawi primary schools, moti alinawo pano.Mukuona ngati angakanike kukumana nawo.Izi alemba munyuzi ndi chimpha maso chabe ali ndi njira zawo zimene angakwanitsile zolinga zawo.koma dziwani chala chamulungu chikalemba chalemba

JIGGIES
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JIGGIES

Sangwani Mwafulirwa mutu ouma ngati mbajila wo. shupit!

Maunits
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Maunits

You do not buy the presidency nonono. If dpp thought that it will be ruling through the backdoor of fraud yalembammadzi sizitheka Malawi adapenya uyu. A Malawi adasankha bwino mtsogololeli bwezi zonsezi palibe ndipo posachedwapa asankhaso bwino bwino monga adachita pa 21 May, 2019 chimodzimodzi ndithu. Asangwani Mwafuliwa mukundivetsa chisoni anthu aku Karonga sangapange zimene inu mupangazo za quarter system.

NORTHERN MALAWI FOR FEDERALISM
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Why collection of affidavits now while they have result sheets from every voting centre in the country? Submit original result sheets to the court instead of making new ones and altering the original figures by forcing agents of other political parties to sign under duress or undue influences. Produce the original result sheets from every voting centre whether they were tipexed, or not so that the court can decide to which extend the tipex damaged the elections. Affidavits shouldn’t be allowed in the court especially in this case where people are signing under duress or undue influences. This proves that… Read more »

Sindiwe
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Sindiwe

I have never seen bungwe lochititsa manyazi kugwirako ntchito ngati ku MEC

Macrco
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Macrco

ALL THIEVES CHASED FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS ARE GATHERED AT MEC.MBAVA ZOKHA ZOKHA. ZAMANGA NYUMBA ZOWOPHYSA KOBASI. MATAKO LENDE LENDE NDI NDALAMA ZA KUBA MXXXXXi