Witness concedes MCP’s parallel tally centers had different presidential results

One of the key witnesses for  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera, a data entry supervisor during the May 21 Tripartite Elections Peter Lackson Chimangeni on Thursday conceded that the party’s two parallel tally centers may have different presidential results which were not brought before the Constitutional Court.

Chakwera (L) arives at the court as his third witness Lackson takes to the witness stand
One of MCP’s lawyers Titus Mvalo at the court

Chakwera, who came second in the presidential race, claims through the witness who prefers to be called Peter Lackson, that he polled 1 955 901 votes against Mutharika’s 1 873 689, according to the party’s parallel national tally centre.

But  during cross-examination from Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale, who is representing MEC in the presidential election petition case, Lackson told the court that no parallel tally center the party had brought a comprehensive tarbulation of the elections results down to both stream and polling level but rather used aggregated results at the polling stations.

In his sworn statement at Constitutional Court record, Lackson stated that they established a computer-based results management platform, which was designed to collect results throughout the country using software which would upload the results directly into their system in conjunction with phone calls and hand delivered results of Form 66C.

Asked by Kaphale why he did not want the court to see the different results from the two parallel tally centers, Lackson said “they were not important because they were not part of the pettition.”

He said the party used forms downloaded from the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  website and some results which were provided by the electoral body’s communications officer Sangwani Mwafulirwa for turbulation because MCP monitors were denied access to Form 66Cs.

As the one way of cross-checking, the party had to call some monitors to confirm the results.

However, Lackson told the court that he did not brought a list of monitors who were denied access to Form 66Cs and their centers.

In his sworn statement, the witness claims the irregularities affected more than 1 520 427 votes cast, which he says is 30 percent of the total vote cast.

“Based on the magnitude of the votes affected by the irregularities, there is material evidence that the determination of presidential elections is neither credible nor done in accordance with the established procedures set out under the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act (PPEA),” Lackson claims.

According to results released by MEC, second respondent in the case, President Peter Mutharika, who is the first respondent in the case, won the race by 1 940 709 votes, trailed by Chakwera with 1 781 740 votes—a difference of 158 969 votes.

The electoral body placed UTM Party president Saulos Chilima on third position, with 1 018 369 votes—a margin of 6 225 lower votes going by what MCP is claiming in court using their parallel national tally centre.

Chakwera, who is second petitioner in the case, is alongside Chilima (first petitioner), challenging the re-election of President  Mutharika, alleging that the presidential results in May were marred by irregularities and fraud.

The MCP presidential hopeful is  asking the Constitutional Court to direct MEC to organise and conduct a fresh Presidential Election in strict conformity with the Constitution and Presidential and Parliamentray Elections Act.

Chakwera claims, in his sworn statement, that MEC accepted the use of results tally sheets defaced with Tippex as a record for the polled votes, in place of original results tally sheets with no Tippex on them, without any plausible justification.

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Joloza
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Koma timva mbwelera Chaka Chino. How can someone who claims to be a witness and had tabulated results of a parallel tallycentre fail to bring them to court as part of his evidence? Lackson is invalidating his own testimony by saying that the results were not important and that was the reason he did not bring them to court. Does he think that the court can make judgement based on hearsay? He is more of a joker than a witness.

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Eliza mhango

This boy called sangwani should be watched. One day he shall suprise us. Very smart and professional. He meanders out of controversy very smartly. All opposition witnesses are mentioning him but not in negative way

PHIRI
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MWAONA KUMENE KUKUPITA ZINTHU? A MCP MBWERERA ZOKHAZOKHA ZA MBONI KOMA IYI WAILESI IYI IYI ZBS IYI TAMBALA WA KUDA KWAMBIRI, ZOONA A BUJU MMAMAWA UJA MUNGA WAFUNSE A LEADER A MCP MUKUGANIZA KUTI ANGAKAMBE CHIYANI CHABWINO CHA BOMA, KUTSUTSA BASI NGATI TIMES WAYILESI ZAMANYAZI ABUJU MWASULUKATU ABUJU TSOKA NDILO A BOMA OSAFUNSA AYI KOMA IYIY WAILESI IYI, MUFUNA MUKHALE NGATI MBC ETI? KOMA IYI WAILESI IYI, SHAME ZOONA AGOSPEL MUMALILA ZIMENEZO? KNOW THAT A BOMANSO AMAKONDA ZBS KOMA ZOMWE MWAYAMBAZI, DONT BE LIKE ANOTHER MBC OR TIES, WE KNOW KUTI A MARIA ANKAKANA MULTIPARTY IN 1992 WHEN SHE WAS… Read more »

Ndau
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Ndau

So, MCP does not have evidence of rigging and yet with the help of Chilima and HRDC you have caused mayhem and destroyed a lot in this country. Kugwa nayo poyera-yera. Chakwera mdi Chilima.

Khima
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Khima

MCP and UTM you may not like it but konzekerani basi 2024.

Ambuje Kukaya
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Ambuje Kukaya

The word “concedes” in the article is misleading. The author should have just used the term like “agrees”. If there were irregularities for sure the figures have to be different.

Ziputa Limba
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Chomwe ndikuona apa nchoti, this is complete downfall of the following people: Chilima, Chakwera, Mia, Manganya, the Kaliatis, Bon Kalindo, and Calister Chapola Chimombo, Who will dare employing these bustards?? What kind of business can they do in Malawi? Just accept it that this is your end. The same happened to the likes of Chakuamba, and the former speaker from Ntcheu Sam Mpaso who died miserably. Believe you me.

njpapi
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njpapi

MUKUYENERA KUMUVETSETSA NDIKUMUONA MOMWE AKUYANKHILA HE IS SO DAGEROUS EVEN KAPHALE KNOWS

Zawadi
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Zawadi

I have noticed that many DPP supporters who writes or comment on here are fools at times I think they are not educated, they lucky understanding of things. Proper judgement with neutral mind. Mungosangalala za ziiiii kuti luckson chimangeni is comfused ,he’s not. Kodi boma limawina mulandu ku court? Lidayamba lawinako? You know the truth kuti elections were rigged. Thats so as Malawians what can we do to prevent corruption at all levels. From road traffic to immigration From waterboard to escom. From admarc to MRA .. zilipo the source are politicians and rich people. Poor people whether DPP MCP… Read more »

Joloza
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Inu a Zawadi poti ndinu ophunzira chanzeru chimene mwalemba apa ndichani?

Gerald
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Gerald

This witness is a big failure. You donot have to show the court your arrogance. You pretend groomed courtesy. You cannot rudely be saying “because it was not important for all most all questions. Have you noticed how KK respects the court despite teaching 3 of those judges….You have messed up your testimony, remember first impression matters.I blame your lawyers they should have cautioned him on court diplomacy….Its like you are fighting KK

Lego
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Then you don’t follow the court procedures

Mbwatalika Dukulira
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Mbwatalika Dukulira

I agree with you 100%. The witness has not helped MCP in the case, if I were MCP lawyer I would immediately withdraw chimangeni. Even the most biased judge would have problems to rule for a re-run. This guy does not have facts and to say the least he is stupid.