Social media false results on Malawi polls from stolen MEC forms

It has emerged that most of the results flying around on social media in highly charged fresh presidential election are fake as they are being written on forms that were stolen from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

MEC tally centre
Since polling closed at 6 PM on Tuesday, the social media has been flooded with what looks to be genuine results as they are written on Form 6B of the Commission.
It has been established that 400 Form 6B copies were stolen from MEC for the schemers to use in spreading false results.
What has caused suspicion is the speed at which the forms are flooding on social media considering that vote tallying is a more physical exercise in this election than in the May 2019 election which  became known as the “Tipp-Ex election” after splodges of correction fluid on tally sheets and other irregularities.
This is to the extent that MEC itself has not yet started giving out official results.

The theft of the forms is being investigated by both MEC and law enforcing agencies.

MEC chairperson Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale accompanied by all the six commissioners told journalists at the national tally centre at College of Medicine Sports Complex  in Blantyre  Tuesday night that the Commission has noted “a myriad of issues” circulating on social media but has been restraining itself from commenting on each and everything that has been reported in the social media.

He said each polling station would count its own results and the Presiding Officer will take them directly to the District Tally Centre. At the polling station level, party representatives should get copies of signed results sheets which should also be pasted at the polling station for public inspection.
Kachale said at the District Tally Centre the Returning Officer shall compile tallied results for each constituency and later the District Summary. Party Representatives shall be given signed copies too.
“At the end of the process the Returning Officer shall physically take the results to the Main Tally Centre in Blantyre. There are Biometric kits that are used to enter the results at the district level. These kits are not connected to any network or internet.

“At the conclusion of the exercise at the district, the Returning Officer shall seal the kit and the party representatives will be allowed to record the seal numbers. At the National Tally Centre, representatives of political parties will also be given an opportunity to examine the seal numbers before the kit is opened,” he said.Kachale appealed to all stakeholders to maintain peace and calm as the vote counting and tallying process is underway.

“Leaders should refrain from uttering statements that can provoke their members, followers or supporters to engage in acts of violence or civil disobedience.

“The Commission will remain focused and vigilant on its goal on delivering a credible election in fulfilment of its mandate of the Commission.”

MECis going to give first official results update at 10am Wednesday.

President Peter Mutharika  is facing Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress party (MCP) with nine other political parties.

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Sydney Mukupa Chisanga
Sydney Mukupa Chisanga
8 months ago

Is true that police in Malawi arrested some foreign nationals who attempted to rig elections? If it’s true kill them, invite me to come pass judgement, they will be unexample to rest of the world.

jevayo
jevayo
8 months ago

iyi ndi nyekhwe basi

peter muthalika
peter muthalika
8 months ago

a MEC munapereka ndinuyo kumeneko, mukuganiza kuti anthu anaapeza bwanji ma form?

chimulirenji
chimulirenji
8 months ago

Kachale ndi machine

Kyala
Kyala
8 months ago

All dpp lies, the forms circulating are copies of the originals, not fake. The copied forms have vote figures, names and signatures of all party monitors. So anyone of the monitors could have taken photos of them through smart phones and send to their parties. Dpp monitors could have done the same if they wanted, I think they did but their bosses don’t like the results. Hence spreading rumours of fake tally forms. The circulating copy tally results forms are correct and dpp has failed to carry out their usual rigging plans because the tally centre results are now known,… Read more »

Jasper Buncarro Around the World
Jasper Buncarro Around the World
8 months ago

This is another irregularity that can be contested in court. How can these be stolen and be found on social media. How sure are we they will not find their way to the main tally center at COM?

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
8 months ago

Khoti lake liti? Mwaona kuti kutumbwa kutukwana ndi kudana ndi aliyense sibwino.

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
8 months ago

Zimenezi awapeza nazo ku lilongwe zinali zochonga chonga kale ena atsekeredwa

Kyala
Kyala
8 months ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

But they were dpp guys intending to rig. They were caught.

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
8 months ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

Pita ukazimamangilire cadet, kkk

Nampoto
Nampoto
8 months ago

So MEC did not do a good job. Failed to secure election materials. Not fair election

Kyala
Kyala
8 months ago
Reply to  Nampoto

Nothing was stolen from mec, my friend. Read my post above.

Antonio piriminta
Antonio piriminta
8 months ago
Reply to  Nampoto

Ndiwe mkhokhola eti?

The Defender
The Defender
8 months ago

So the MEC also is vigilant just like the same how the Citizens were you doing to protect their Votes? This is good news!

Malawi belong to the citizens

Ife phe vote yayenda bwino atleast than 2019 no tippex this time around,wina alira.

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