MEC to probe poll official who transferred Chilima’s name to Chizumulu

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson has confirmed that they are still investigating the matter in which one of their temporally employees reportedly transferred the name of UTM  Party presidential candifdate Saulos Chilima from St. Thomas Polling Centre to Chizumulu Island.

Chilima at St Thomas polling centre  in Lilongwe with Dr Mathews Mtumbuka. His name was missing in the voters’ roll but MEC allowed Chilima to vote because they were certain he registered

Chilima was delayed for about 40 minutes as his name was missing in the voters register at St. Thomas Anglican Poling Centre where he got registered.

Giving an update on opening of voting Tuesday morning, MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah Sc said: “This morning we had an issue at St Thomas in Lilongwe where the Vice-president Right Hon Saulos Chilima’s name was missing in the voter’s register. We have allowed the Vice-president to vote because the Commission was certain that he registered at this centre”.

According to Ansah, upon investigation, preliminary findings indicate that Chilima’s name was transferred to Chiteko School in Chizumulu Island in Likoma district.

“The Commission has identified the temporary staff who did this and we are probing him to establish the motive” said Ansah in a statement.

The Commission is further advising all people that encounter such circumentstances to use *2019# to establish where there name is and ask for assistance from their respective presiding officers.

Meanwhile, the commission has expressed deep concern with some of the employees who are denying their employees an opportunity to go and cast their votes.

“The Commission has received reports that some employers are refusing to give
their employees an opportunity to go and vote. The Commission wishes to remind
all employers that voting is a fundamental right and employers have a responsibility to uphold that. We strongly appeal to them to release their staff to go and vote now” said Ansah.

According to Chief Elections officer Sam Alfandika, Chilima did not apply for the transfer of his name.

He later voted.

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Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
3 years ago

Asiyeni awa afela za eni ngati anatumidwa. Ka ndlama anawapatsako anjoya ndi mahule. Akawapha ku polisiku nkazi ana acibale mavuto.
Kukakhala ma voti anthu amaenera kupatsidwa ufulu ovota. Nde mmapanga ma rally inkarejin anthu akavote then bring this nonsense idea kulibe holiday. Yes ots not a holiday but let pipo go vote!!! So mmati 5 yezi zina mukuticonderera akavote ndani? Ndondoca za mmakabudula mukyenda nazo munakatenga ku mazambikizo?
Agalu a micila yokhotombera mwazelezeka eti?
So 3 weeks xmas holiday is important than a one voting day???
Idiots old snorting cows

3 years ago

We all know the reason why the Government didn’t want this day to be given to all Malawians to go and vote because most Lwomwes are farm workers in central region, therefore it is good for them to vote because their job is just easy to go out, unlike for those who are working for other people in town.
This was the plan. How can you say it and repeatedly, ,,there will be no holiday in this day,, how were you thinking Malawians will find time to go and vote for there Candidate ????

3 years ago
Reply to  Kaitano

zikuwoneka ngati iwe Kaitano ndiwe mbuli zedi. Who told you that most Lomwe People are farm workers ?

3 years ago
Reply to  tonde

It has nothing to do with tribe, colligues,we are one, and dn’t allow politics to separate us. It is something that was overlooked by the decision makers.

Necessary Noiz
Necessary Noiz
3 years ago
Reply to  Kaitano

Tikamati tikufuna zinthu zisinthe, nde ndizimenezi. maganizo ake ngati amenewa. Okhalangati kuti iweyo Kaitano, or whoever your name is. All you see are Lwomwes. I am a Lomwe and I have an office job. I am actually responding to this from my office. But guess what? Pamene imati 7am, ndinali nditavota kale. And just to be clear, I did not vote for Mutharika although he is a Lomwe because this country is bigger than any tribe. Mavuto amene dzikolino likuona are beyond any tribe. There is no need for holiday because you will not spend all day voting unless you… Read more »

The advocator
3 years ago
Reply to  Necessary Noiz

The question is mwavotera kutiko bwana? Think of someone working in Blantyre, and would have loved to vote for a candidate in chitipa? Think

3 years ago
Reply to  Kaitano

this thinking is demonic…we are all made in the image of God. mulungu ndi yemwe amapereka atsogoleri. and today atipatsa

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