MEC under fire for failure to notify parties over materials plane cargo time change 

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has come under intense fire after it failed to inform political parties that the plane carrying some voting materials from China would come earlier than scheduled.

Mwafulirwa: There was no time to inform the stakeholders of the changes.

Political party representatives and other electoral stakeholders failed to witness the arrival of indelink ink and thumb print pads on Wednesday because the plane carrying the materials arrived earlier than the scheduled 5:30 pm at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

This comes at a time when suspicions are still high over the conduct of MEC after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a Constitutional Court ruling which found that the May 21, 2019 elections were marred with widespread irregularities and anomalies.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) representative Howard Kachipanda, who arrived at the airport to witness the arrival of the cargo said he was surprised that MEC did not bother to inform the electoral stakeholders over the change of arrival time of the cargo plane.

“This is very surprising that they had to change the arrival time last minute then they did not want to inform us of the change,” he told reporters at the airport.

The cargo plane brought 36,000 indelink ink bottles and 31,500 pieces of thumb print pads.

“We found the materials already offloaded before the initial time. We are wondering why MEC did not inform us,” he said.

But MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa said there was no time to inform the stakeholders of the changes.

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Ken Phiri
Ken Phiri
7 months ago

Are these people above the law? And there are unconfirmed reports that Fattani is printing ballot papers.

MEC commissioners, management, staff including cleaners must be removed. They are behaving funny

Why is SADC and AU not getting interested to curb the political stupidity being perpetrsted by various political stakeholders?

UN international peace keepers should be invited into the country. There is too much criminality. To avoid internal conflicts lets get neutral peace keepers.

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
7 months ago

But you had time of going to the airport yourself

Malepwete
7 months ago

It’s indelible ink, not indelink ink

Lego
7 months ago

All MEC members must go including this Sangwani.Enough is enough we can not be held ransom because of few individuals.As a country we need to move on.Let us get lead of all current MEC members for us to have a better Malawi for all.

Mwene
Mwene
7 months ago

I already stated here “SEND THE CHIEF ELECTIONS OFFICER PACKING”. Changing the commissioners is not enough the CEO and his cronies must be taken out for us to have a credible election. Elements of incompetence still exist unless main players are dismissed or sent on leave during this rerun.

Corropso
Corropso
7 months ago

No time to inform the stakeholders? It takes mere seconds to type a text message – does Mr. Mwafulirwa expect us to believe that MEC had less than some seconds notice that the aircraft is landing early? Of course that is utter nonsense. The plane is said to be from China. The flying time from any airport in China is at least 8-10 hours, if not more. Depends on which City. Before any aircraft can take off they have to lodge their flight schedule with the authorities and get clearance from the origin and destination countries. They must notify air… Read more »

Agenda Setting Theoory
Agenda Setting Theoory
7 months ago

Did this plane just drop from the sky? People at the airport should have known when the plane was scheduled to land even if the time was changed. MEC, especially the one we have now should not be trusted. Remove all these idiots and bring in new faces.

Peter
Peter
7 months ago

Atibera volume 8 kkkkkk simunati. ….awona chani? Awona nyekhwe kkkk

Truth
Truth
7 months ago

Punish this practice of MEC – they want to mess up the country as they are unrepentant or disrespectful to Malawians.

Malawi belong to the citizens

Believe that DPP ndi UDF ndi mbava and kubera zisankho ndichikhalidwe chawo, last year anaphumitsidwa last minute.This year they will bring new tactics.Chifukwa sangawine without kubera.Remember the total number of voters is 6.8 million people registered.As we know already that DPP has 38% of which tippex votes are there, fake tally sheets and dublicates tally sheets are also there.If we remove votes from tippexed tally sheets, fake tally sheets and dublicates tally sheets, total votes remaining is 30% + Atupele votes 4%=34% Sangapeze 50+1%, ndichifukwa Akuma bisa maprogram awo kut ayambe kubera.Zikutanthauza Kut Peter Munthalika walimba mtima Kuyamba compaign akuziwa… Read more »

Truth
Truth
7 months ago

Let us go back in the evening kukamvela ma results powe tinavotela.

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