Malawi Congress Party (MCP) fourth witness Anthony Bendulo in presidential elections case at the Constitutional Court sitting in Lilongwe on Thursday morning said Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) deliberately used anti-democratic elements by delaying announcing some results from the central region to give a lee way to rigging.
Bendulo made the claims when he was being cross-examined by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Peter Mutharika’s lawyer Frank Mbeta.
He said MEC- the second respondent – orchestrated delay and piecemeal release of the results to provide room for subvernting the will of the people.
Among other centers, Bendulo said there were 26 centers in Salima, some other centers in Lilongwe, Kasungu and other central region areas where MEC did the sluggish announcement of results.
He told the court that Mutharika, who was declared winner, was favoured by the tactic.
“We further found out that some computer generated results were also tampered with in favor of the winner (Mutharika),” he said.
During cross examination, a move by counsel Mbeta to use some documents was objected by MCP lawyers because they were not pagenated.
The panel of the five judges Healey Potani, Redson Kapindu, Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise and Mike Tembo directed that the matter be resolved in chambers.
The court is hearing a petition by UTM Party president Saulos Chilima (first petitioner) and Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera (second petitioner), that the presidential elections results should nullified and order a re-run.