Malawi : Elections protests intensify against electoral body

Malawi : Elections protests intensify against electoral body

By Joseph Dumbula, Zomba Malawi

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP), the country’s oldest political party along with the UTM are still protesting against results of the election which placed them second and third respectively a fortnight ago.

The MCP which was led on the ballot papers by Lazarus Chakwera has argued that the annomalies that characterised the poll were meant to favour the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) whose leader Peter Mutharika was eventually named winner after the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) managed to vacate a stay order sought by the MCP not to announce the Presidential results.

The Chakwera led party came second with less than 200 thousand votes depsite leading in preliminary round of results.

The MCP is accusing the electoral body of running a fraudulent po, although verified results by one top notch elections monitor the Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) tallied with the results.

Earlier this week, following a press conference Chakwera held in the capital Lilongwe demanding that Mutharika gets out power and that the polls be nullified, the party’s supporters have taken to the streets and even managed to chase workers at the capital Hill, where the top servants execute their duties.

The act has since been condemned by the Civil Servants Trade Union and the government describing it as barbaric.

Meanwhile, the MCP and the Saulos Chilima led UTM have had their electoral cases consolidated after the court argued their concerns about the poll were far much similar.

The two seek justice in the polls which they believe was fraudulently won by the DPP.

Among other things, some results were seen to be corrected on forms using rubbing fluid Tipex. The use of Tipex has since raised a social media storm in Malawi christening the poll as ‘fake’.

The electoral body is on record as having said Tipex was not on their inventory and distanced itself from its use by some officials.

The MCP and UTM believe that the corrected results from numerous centers were all meant in favour of Mutharika who swore in less than twenty four hours having been named winner seeing him to a second term.

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