Opposition accuses Malawi Electoral Commission of ‘systematically plotting to rig’ using national IDs

Opposition parties have raised fears that the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) which suffers credibility issues is” plotting to facilitate rigging of through the national identification card as a prerequisite for one to be eligible to vote in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Richard Chimwendo Banda: This time around MCP will not allow MEC to rig elections for DPP and get away with it

MEC announced that the ID will be used as a prerequisite for one to be eligible to vote in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

But opposition representative at the National Elections Consultative  Forum (Necof)  in Lilongwe on Monday accused the electoral body of “systematically” plotting to rig the vote in favour of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  with problems bedevilling the registration exercise and disenfranchising voters from registering .

“Where were you when the National Registration Bureau (NRB) was launching the programme,” Richard Chimwendo-Banda the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) MP for Dowa East queried MEC.

“We are very sure you have planned to rig elections,” he said.

Chimwendo-Banda said MEC should its own means of registering voters.

“Don’t interfere with the national ID registration exercise,” said Chimwendo-Banda.

The MCP legislature warned the electoral body that his party will “this time” be vigilant against rigging the elections “and get away with it.”

Currently the registration is being conducted in central region districts of Mchinji, Ntchisi, Dowa, Kasungu, Nkhotakota and Salima.

Peoples’s Party secretary general Ibrahim Matola said Muslim women were facing challenges in registering in Salima.

MEC chairperson Justice Jane Ansah defended the commission, saying it was not coming too late in the exercise.

“We have been there from the beginning. Some of our staff has been seconded to NRB,” she said.

Ansah claimed the national ID registration process is going on smoothly, contrary to what is on the ground where there are  concerns of poor public awareness, planning and faulty equipment.

From the experience in districts where registration has already taken place, not many people have been turning up for the exercise  for various reasons including the fact that there has not been aggressive sensitisation and that people are busy with harvesting and winter cropping.

Ansah admitted that the sensitisation has not been aggressive resulting in few people turning up for the exercise.

The project has been funded by the Malawi Government and development partners to the tune of $49 694 000 (about K36.5 billion). Currently, over 100 000 people have been recorded to have been registered with the registration process expected to end in December.

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ayonzo mtsitsa
Guest

When all is said & done,we need to have national ids!We the only country,in SADC region not having ids,for its citizens! Shame,isn’t it????

Semani
Guest

Politics no politics we need I Ds why are you so pathetic like this do you know how desperate we need this, that’s why we are behind in mother Africa

john
Guest

Victor the campaign can not be done when the registration is in process

Tenzi Mzungu
Guest

Rigging? You are afraid of losing? Do you have winning strategy? You claimed DPP rigged whilst in opposite side can’t you do the same? Because it seems rigging is very easy. After all Afrobarometer is giving you victory in 2019. So why are you afraid?

jijo
Guest

Opposition parties, how can you break out a battle on one side against MEC and DPP on the other side. Dont you see that you are making their relationship stronger and stronger? Bwinotu bwino. APM had two jokers. He flashed one against mama JB after warning her in public media. Another joker is still being kept for 2019 elections.

Kapawundi Mmeto
Guest

KKKK the all knowing Chimwendo why are apple in those areas not voting when civic education has been done enmass including in your MCP Times tv? Mulikudambwe tell them to remove the masks and go register!i

danso
Guest

Do you think DPP can have problem in rigging for 2019 election? Then you don’t know that party. It keeps Joker against its enemy. Ask self exiled abiti Mtila. She was told that 2014 election has a joker, but she didn’t believe until last minute when JB’s phones were automatically switched off. No communication. This time PM is keeping another interesting joker for 2019.You will discover his joker after 2019 election. So dont be victim of unknown. Cool down we have already rigged the elections.

afrobarometer2
Guest

koma ziliko. chilichonse rigging. Dpp ndichipani chimene chingapambane the 2019 elections. palibe kukaika olo inu nonse a opposition mukudziwa. anyamata ozindikila ngati inu kukhala ndimantha choncho, vuto ndi master wanu akudziwa kuti palibe chimene azaphule 2019 ndiye he is trying to find scapegoats. foooolish MCP. 2100 boma

Victor Duncans II
Guest

Nanunso a opposition dont just make noise here,go to your constituencies and tell your constituents to register for the National IDs. We cant keep blaming others when we are inactive. Lets intensify the campaign

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