UTM’s Mwenifumbo complain of poll irregularities: MEC delays to announce by-election results

One of the contestants in Karonga Central Constituency by-election, Frank Mwenefumbo of UTM Party has filed a complaint to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), saying the by-elected was marred by irregularities.

Mwenifumbo: UTM candidate files poll complaint

MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa has confirmed receiving the complaint and will  look into it before announcing the results.

“The Commission is appealing to all Malawians to maintain law, peace and order as the results management process progresses. All results in circulation remain unofficial,” he said.

In the letter dated 11 November 2020 Mwenefumbo claims the election was  credible, and not free and fair enough to declare one a winner.

Among his grievances is the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate Leonard Mwalwanda as not being a registered voter in the constituency.

Mwenefumbo also make allegations that MCP gave  cash handouts during campaign and on voting day amounting to K10 000 per households.

“We have evidence and we can prove,” the UTM candidate states, claiming this happened in Lupembe, Mlare and all other wards which is contrary to Section 41 of the Political Parties Act of 2018.

Mwenifumbo also claim the elections were not free and fair because of electoral violence.

He alleges that Richard Chimwendo Banda, the Minister of Homeland Security and MCP second vice president Harry Mkadawire perpetrated violence by giving open threats during the campaign using government loan disbursement programmes, Neef Limited to lure voters.

MEC confirmed receipt of the letter of complaint.

“We have received the complaint. The Commission will go through it and give feedback to it,”  said Mwafulirwa.

He said MEC failed to announce results for the by-elections due to unavailability of some original result sheets.

According to Mwafulirwa, the commission will announce the results Thursday after getting the original result sheets

For Lilongwe North West constituency, MEC has not received 10 original result sheets and for Karonga Central constituency, three original result sheets are not yet in.

MEC held by-elections on November 10, 2020 in Makhuwira South ward in Chikwawa, Lilongwe North West Constituency and Karonga Central Constituency.

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gdgwdhd
gdgwdhd
8 months ago

stupid allegations. Why not complain anthu asanavote. munthu wopusa

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
8 months ago

HERE COMES ANOTHER TRUMP

The Patriot
The Patriot
8 months ago
Reply to  nyarugwe

But we forget quickly that Tonse Alliance played Trump to be in power. Let there be a thorough look into the allegation before the winner is confirmed. We need credibility at all levels no matter what the cost. Atleast that’s what we come to learn.

Mdala
Mdala
8 months ago

Frank don’t play Trump, just concede defeat! The type of politician you represent, like Harry Mkandawire, Uladi Mussa…., have nothing to do in the modern Malawi. We need the virgin dynamic type not the nonsense from the past who let us down since multiparty democracy! Selfish and non principled characters like you are rather dangerous! The way you pushed into UTM is one example for It! This should be also a lesson for your party leader: Learn from it Dr Chilima! Recycling we should do with material waste, not with human resources, especially not when it comes to politics and… Read more »

Isaac Mbewe
Isaac Mbewe
8 months ago

Frank is a political prostitute, new Malawi does not need these type of politicians. In 2019, UTM was represented by Miss Nthakomwa and Frank won fraudent primary elections, mzimu wa mayi Nthakomwa ndiwokwiya towards you personally and UTM as a party, that was not fair. You joined UTM with ill intentions, zakutsamwa.

Ngulenje wa Ngulenje
Ngulenje wa Ngulenje
8 months ago

He is just like that amwene kapumeni zakanika Basi last year he did the same

Waziona
Waziona
8 months ago

Hahahahahaha! Frank is a bad loser! He has set the record for being the first person to have lost elections for the same seat twice in two years. Ntchindi zikumuwenelani Dada😂😂😂😂

Malawi Wathu
Malawi Wathu
8 months ago
Reply to  Waziona

Frank has lodged a complaint which he as a candidate has a right to do. It is right and proper that the allegations made by Frank are throughly investigated and addressed. It’s a very Malawian thing to do to insult people resorting to lawfully prescribed procedures to redress a wrong. Frank has won this seat before and will win it again. Parliament will benefit hugely if Frank is elected as he is highly knowledgeable and patriotic Malawian.

Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni
Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni
8 months ago
Reply to  Malawi Wathu

Elections are like football,it’s not the team that has experience and played well that wins,but the one that has scored more.Even if it’s by fluke or offside,if the offside is not seen by the ref.

guest
guest
8 months ago
Reply to  Malawi Wathu

his allegations lack merit….he is a bad loser, simple as that…if talk of violence then UTM supporters were also violent ma umboninso alipo ambiri, the mwalwanda camp and that independent woman who defected from UTM akhala akupanga lodge complaints against UTM supporters, about Leonard registering kwina affecting his eligibility nde walankhula ngat mbuli, as a candidate amaenera kudziwa ndipo akudziwa what the law says akungofuna kunamiza anthu osadzitsata. eligibility ya candidate imapangidwa scrutinize akamepeleka ma nomination paper and the law allows kukhala candidate as along as mu kaundula wawo ulimo…..kulira kwa mwenefumbo its just sour grapes

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
8 months ago
Reply to  guest

He might have won if he stood on UDF ticket

Ian Gumba
Ian Gumba
8 months ago
Reply to  nyarugwe

Even if MEC administers a new by election in Karonga central now Mwenifumbo will never win for his political prostitution and lack of respect for the electorate. Whether he joins MCP or any party we have had enough of you monsieur Frank, go back to the drawing board if you really need our votes

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
8 months ago
Reply to  Malawi Wathu

Mind you he was also vice-presidential candidate

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