Over 75 opposition People’s Party (PP) monitors deployed for the Tuesday’s Tripartite Elections (TPE) are pushing for their unpaid allowances dating to as far back as the 2014 general polls, saying they will not participate this time around until what is owed them is paid.
The monitors, also, are demanding that they be paid upfront for this year’s election to avoid “what happened last time.”
Some of the monitors—in Ntchisi South—who talked to Nyasa Times said their party’s attitude was nor “encouraging” and “motivating.”
One of them, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no communication from powers-that-be has been made regarding their allowances.
“Like at one of the meetings last week, we were kept for the whole day without food. This is unfair, and we are not sure if we can work on trust anymore considering the fact that we have our 2014 dues not yet paid,” said the monitor.
In 2014, PP was governing before it lost to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) trailing a distant third after the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
PP’s spokesperson, Ackson Kalaile Banda, asked the monitors to keep calm saying the matter would be sorted out soonest.
“They should be calm and everything will be sorted out. They will be assisted as soon as possible through their immediate authorities,” said Banda.
Ntchisi—a central region district—is considered one of MCP’s strongholds, a party in an electoral alliance with PP.