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Borrowed electoral goods from Zimbabwe verified

By Amalawi - Thu Apr 03, 10:28 am

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Blantyre, Malawi: Various  stakeholders gathered at the Malawi Electoral Commission in the commercial city if Blantyre to start verifying samples of the goods the Malawi electoral body borrowed from Zimbabwe in readiness for the May 20 elections.

Various containers containing the borrowed items were opened in the presence of media,  representatives of political parties and  civil society organizations.

The MEC Commissioner Gloria Chingota  said that it is the intention of the electoral body to ensure transparency. Commissioner Chingota said the commission will engage every stakeholder in the electoral process to avoid creating room for suspicion.

However, her words did not match up to the actions of MEC.  The verification process was scheduled to start at 8 am however, for unknown reason it was delayed to 3 pm.

MEC’s Director of Media and Public Relations, Sangwani Mwafulirwa gave a feeble explanation to the media,  he blamed the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) for the delay, he said MEC could not open the containers without the presence of representatives from MRA  since they were the ones who sealed the trucks at Mwanza border.

Electoral goods from Zimbabwe

“We do not know why MRA is not coming till now but we agreed they would come at 8 o’clock in the morning. We sent them a vehicle to pick them but they refused and indicated they would use their own vehicle.

“But now they are telling us that they will come at 3 O’clock in the afternoon,” said Mwafulirwa, adding that the electoral body was also concerned.

But when MRA staff came at around 4 pm they denied the claims saying they did not know about the process and that they were only informed about it late afternoon.

Malawians go to the polls on 20th May amid allegations of vote rigging, the current ruling party PP is suspected to be putting measures in place to rig the elections.  Meanwhile the opposition party UDF has come under attack by having links to Sudans president Omar Al Bshir and Zambia’s president Sata. UDF are seen as one of the strong opposition parties in the forth coming elections.


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