PP says opposition sniff election defeat, accuses DPP of plotting violence

The governing People’s Party (PP) says it has information that former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is planning to destabilize the country if it loses the May 20 tripartite elections.

PP which is sponsoring incumbent President Joyce Banda in the election, has strongly come out to deny claims that it was plotting to rig the elections in favour of Banda.

Acting publicity secretary for PP, Ken Msonda told Nyasa Times that it was very unfortunate and undemocratic for the opposition and other electoral stakeholders to hallucinate about “ unfounded elections rigging allegations.”

Msonda:  JB is winning
Msonda: JB is winning with a landslide victory

“If the opposition and other stakeholders advancing opposition political parties agenda have evidence regarding elections rigging allegations let them bring evidence, report to MEC  (Malawi Electoral Commission) and Police rather than making unfounded, undemocratic, senseless
and childish allegations just to confuse people, create fear, anxiety and tension among Malawians,” challenged Msonda.

He claimed that the opposition and other stake holders are aware that President Banda is winning the country’s first ever tripartite elections with “a landslide victory.”

“How do you rig an election with an Electoral Commission (MEC) that has Commissioners representing major political parties headed by a respected Supreme Court Judge?

“The best and sensible thing the opposition political parties and other stake holders advancing opposition parties agenda should do is prepare how they are going to handle their loss
during these elections. Fact is the opposition is losing these elections miserably,” he stated.

Msonda then alleged that DPP is planning to incite violence and destabilize the country after the elections.

“Let the DPP and its sympathisers dare it; Malawi has professional and respected law enforcers with international reputation and vast experience to handle such a situation in the event few disgruntled and frustrated people who are not prepared to accept a loss take this line of thought,” he warned.

He reiterated that Banda will win the 20th May tripartite elections with over 75 percent votes.

DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi dismissed the violence plot story, saying it is “not true”.

He however insisted that his party were against rigging and called on the electoral commission to remain vigilant.

Msonda dismissed the rigging scheme, saying opposition  were making excuses as they had sensed defeat in the race to State House.

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