Stolen hard drive did not contain voters roll – MEC

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) confirmed the arrest of its temporary data entry clerk Hanif Mbwetula for stealing a hard drive but said it did not contain voters roll as speculated.

Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga said the hard disk was stolen on Saturday and police apprehended Mbwetula who was working as Temporary Data Entry Clerk.

Kalonga said the hard disk did not contain voters roll.

Kalonga: Voters roll safe and intact
Kalonga: Voters roll safe and intact

“The external hard disk was used within the ICT Department for transferring documents from one computer to another and not storage of the voter’s roll,” said Kalonga.

The Chief Elections Officer said the voters roll for May 20 elections containing information about 7.5 million registered voters is “safe and intact.”

He said information of voters roll cannot fit in the external hard disk of 500GB.

“Such information is restored on a server where access is strictly controlled,” said Kalonga.

He said Mbwetula was discovered with a hard disk by a MEC official and reported the matter to police.

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