MEC warns parties sponsoring political terror can be barred from Malawi polls

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has sternly warned candidates that they would be barred from contesting in the forthcoming election if it is proved that they have been sponsoring political violence.

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah (C) with commissioner Jean Mathanga

MEC Commissioner Jean Mathanga has said the pollster does not condone political violence of any sort.

Her comments come at a time when political violence is on the increase and the fingers are all pointing at the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) thugs.

On Sunday, a woman Veronica Katanga and some regional party officials were forced to take off their party branded clothes in Mangochi by the DPP thugs, claiming the area was a no go area for the party.

“The state of the political violence may harm the success of the elections. Barring a party from conducting a meeting in an area is criminal, this is against the law. MEC might be forced to disqualify some candidates of the political violence,” she said.

Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said the police are effecting arrests on the Mangochi political violence which led to public condemnation after Katanga was forced to undress.

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Ungwelu
Ungwelu
1 year ago

I doubt the sincerity of this woman dunderhead. How many times has there been proof that members of a certain party are unleashing violence on members of other parties and nothing happens? This is silly.

Cashgate1
Cashgate1
1 year ago

High time we have had these warnings! Don’t you know how to act on an issue? Just do the action, enough of the empty warnings. People are being humiliated, tortured, and abused psychologically. Just because they don’t belong to a certain so called powerful party. Either you act or stop the nonsense of empty warning.

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

Musamangonenapo apa. Can you ban DPP inu

Jigidi Jaba
Jigidi Jaba
1 year ago

Talk is cheap, MEC. You are a toothless dog. Have you ever disqualified anyone since you establishment? Political violence that takes place in the country mostly occur during times when elections are near, but what you do is to dig your head deep in the sand like an ostrich. Who do you want to fool when you talk of disqualifying parties or candidates associated with violence? Do you have the guts to disqualifying DPP?
Why can’t you just shut up and spare us your stinking pronouncements. pretending

mtete
mtete
1 year ago

The heading says “MEC Warns Political Parties…” but the story says “…..sternly warns candidates…”. The former is easy to prove but the later is difficult because we have had no incident of a party candidate organising thugs to harass opponents.

The warning is therefore mere window dressing.

Katakwe
1 year ago

Mumadikira kuti anthu ndi mabungwe alankhule, ndiye mubwewete zanuzo. We know you are also behind this violence. Ironically, if this violence was pepetrated by the opposition members you would immediately ban the party from contesting so that DPP should walk over. Go and meet Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace and tell him in the face that if his cadets don’t stop this nonsense he will be disqualified.

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
1 year ago

Very sad indeed.Mec,do you have the power to bar the ruling party?I don’t think so, you could possibly bar other parties but it would be extremely difficult to bite the hand that feeds you

Natty Prince
Natty Prince
1 year ago

Just say dpp this is your last warning tell your cadets to slow down osamazungulira iyayi pamene aliyense akuona kuti ana adad aonjeza

MA D7 MA D6
1 year ago

Truly (we )Malawians need brave /strong and courageous people out there who can take these violence perpetrators to a court of law —the strongest arm of law has to take its course –this will be a lesson to other would be offenders –it started slowly by roughing up people close to parliament buildings –now it’s getting out of touch by the same dpp /Udf cadets to our innocent respected mothers — what a shame and sad thing in our community !!

Lucius
Lucius
1 year ago
Reply to  MA D7 MA D6

Just ban DPP period

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