MEC to engage external auditors to verify Malawi elections results

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Commissioner Bishop Mary Nkosi has said  the Commission has plans to engage external auditors to verify the results when they are returned to constituency returning officers, so that the voters are well accounted for before they go to the main tally centre.

Nkosi speaking at the ballot verification exercise in Mchinji

”We will put a tender to engage external auditors to verify theresults, and the auditors to all 193 constituencies, this is importantbecause we want our results credible, this will ensure there is quality assurance,” she said.

Nkosi was speaking in Mchinji on Thursday during the opening of vetting of ballot paper templates by candidates.

She said all parties and stakeholders would be informed about the process, which she said is practiced in other countries such as South Africa and Zambia.

“This will add quality and value to our results, so that nobody doubts the results, this also gives confidence to the stakeholders,” the Commissioner added.

Nkosi said the Commission is receiving complaints from the public regarding the eligibilityof some of the candidates that have been accepted to contest.

“We are assessing every complaint seriously and procedurally. Should we establish that there is material substance warranting disqualification, the Commission will not hesitate to drop you for the race. It is provided by the law that the commission can disqualify a candidate at any pointy in time before polling,” She told the candidates.

The MEC Commissioner said the Commission would soon conduct a refresher training to all representatives of candidates including independents to acquaint themselves with electoral law.

In an interview with Independent parliamentary candidate for Mchinji North, Aaron Maluwa commended MEC for ensuring that the electoral process is fair.

“I commend make for making available information regards elections to us contestants, and so far we have not experienced serious challenges since the electoral process started,” he said.

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Ngongoliwa
Ngongoliwa
2 years ago

The idea is good but should not be accomplice. Hire from western. Blacks are all crooks like che nyono

Nyadaufe
2 years ago

This clearly suggests that our Commissioners are failures. Why waste money contacting external auditors? There is something behind this move -they want to declare Mutharika winner under the guise that auditors verified the results. You will be force for vote recount. Malawi has always conducted credible elections without involving auditors and why this time round?

mtete
mtete
2 years ago

Bwinotu. What will be the criteria for selection of External Auditors. We don’t want legitimised rigging. I have no problem if they come from European countries such as Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands or the like. Definitely not from Africa where most leaders are brothers in rigging.

Moya
Moya
2 years ago

Any new strategy into the elections needs to be analyzed carefully, who are these external auditors? How are we sure they are independent? Anything local is a suspect. These better b the mzungus. I have no trust in my people unfortunately.

EAGLE'S EYE
EAGLE'S EYE
2 years ago

WE ARE WATCHING EVERY FOOTSTEP……..GO AHEAD………

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