Party representatives absent at by-election ballot papers arrival

Political party representatives were conspicuously missing at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on Friday when the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) received ballot papers for a by-election in Kasungu.

Mwafulirwa: Disheartening that  no party monitor came

Also missing were MEC chairperson Jane Ansah and all the commissioners as well as the MEC chief executive officer Sam Alufandika who face the sacking for grossly mishandling the May 21, 2019 presidential election.

MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa, flanked by armed Malawi Defence Force soldiers and police said it was disheartening that there were no party or independent monitors to witness the arrival of the ballot papers for Luwaladzi ward by-election in Balaka.

“We communicated to all the parties and the candidates on the arrival of the ballot papers but they decided not to come. Their presence ensures there is no suspicion but it has no effect at all,” Mwafulirwa said.

Journalists from various media organizations witnessed the occasion.

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Noxy
1 year ago

The consequences of concourt judgment which said the documents can speak for themselves hence not necessary for Party representatives to be available to witness arrival of ballot papers,it’s not surprising.I can smell a rat, APM will be vindicated when he said that this judgement is inauguration of death of democracy.

Ad Phiri
Ad Phiri
1 year ago

What is the purpose of witnessing the arrival of ballot paper when you will use tippex after the vote, you will announce the results before all the votes have been received, and you will print extra ballots at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre?

Eya
Eya
1 year ago

That is what happens when courts try to interfere into politics.

Kakhi
Kakhi
1 year ago

Not surprising after ConCourt judges decided to destabalise our country.

Sahara
Sahara
1 year ago

I am confused. Are the ballot papers for Kasungu or Balaka?

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