Zec scares Malawians

OPPOSITION parties and civil society groups in Malawi have raised dust over the decision by that country’s electoral commission to borrow some material from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), saying they feared it could result in vote rigging.

Staff Reporter/BNL Times

Malawi is preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections on May 20 and Zec has agreed to provide the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) with gas lamps and tents on polling day.

But opposition political parties in Malawi said Zec should not have anything to do with their polls because of its history of presiding over disputed elections in Zimbabwe.

The parties fear Zec would help President Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP) to rig the elections.

United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi questioned Mec’s decision to borrow gas lamps from Zimbabwe, yet generators were bought for the 2009 elections.

“What happened to those generators that were used in the 2009 general elections?” he queried.

“Why should Mec borrow gas lamps from Zimbabwe when the country still had generators used in the previous elections?”
Muluzi, who at 35 is the youngest presidential candidate in the May elections, alleged this could be a strategy to tamper with voter cards.

Civil society organisations shared his fears, saying Zec’s involvement in the elections would pose a threat to Malawi’s democracy because Zimbabwe had never held credible elections.

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace national co-
ordinator Chris Chisoni said the organisation was on high alert and would deploy observers throughout the country.

“Given the perception that Zimbabwe’s recent elections were not free and fair, Mec’s involvement with Zimbabwe raises eyebrows,” he said.
Chisoni wondered why Mec opted to establish a working relationship with Zimbabwe out of the many other “credible” countries in the Sadc region.

“We are worried, Zimbabwe has never conducted credible elections and our electoral commission could have not established a working relationship with Zec because it has no good track record in electoral process,” he said.

Malawi Electoral Support Network executive director Steve Duwa also raised eyebrows over Zimbabwe’s role in the Malawi polls.
“People want to know what else the government is borrowing from Zimbabwe apart from those lamps and tents,” he said.

However, government spokesman Brown Mpinganjira trashed the fears of rigging, saying Mec was operating independently.

“The issue of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission assisting Malawi should not be a cause for concern because we have always had good relations with other countries in the region and this does not mean they interfere with the electoral process,” he said.

Zec was accused of aiding Zanu PF to manipulate last year’s elections, a charge the commission denies.

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24 Comments

  1. Beware of NIKUV via ZEC. Just warning you!

  2. Malawi on fire. scoring a first, bhora mugedhi, bhola egedhini. you will see the product of Zec Malawians. brace for the worst

  3. Wings of Change

    The opposition is done

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  6. Malawians makatonyura kare

  7. borrowing marambi nematende, inyika iyoyo! anodhura zvemariiko asingagoni kutengwa neimwe nyika?

    1. They cannot be borrowing such simple things there is more to it. Many unknown tents with unknown ballot boxes will surface in Malawi stuffed with Banda votes.

  8. Sad for Malawians the rigging material is being disguised as tents and lamps..shameful.

  9. Zec should not interfere with Malawi democratic process

  10. goodchildgonebad

    POOR MALAWI THOSE GENERATORS ARE HISTORY BINGU TOOK THEM WITH HIM AND TO ENGAGE ZEC I HAVE SERIOUS MISGIVINGS ABOUT THIS ALLIANCE,REMEMBER LAST TIME WAS HERE GIVE GOODIES TO EXPECTING MOTHERS AND SOMEONE WAS IN MALAWI NOT SO LONG AGO MAYBE ITS PAYBACK TIME.SORRY OPPOSITION YOUR FATE HAS BEEN SEALED KO MAKADII KUENDA KUBOTSWANA KANA SOUTH AFRICA.IFE TAPITA.

  11. ooh my beloved malawians matororwa kare

  12. josefa chinotimba

    Please Malawians,chase these idiots away,they want to aid Joyce Banda to rig.Infact where is Baba Jukwa to help the Malawians.

    They really want to rig the elections,i know these idiots from Zimbabwe.Refuse to go to elections if Zec is being involved in elections.My Party MDC T was cheated by these idiots.Please say no to Zec.

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  16. Malawian opposition parties should do what ours didn’t do and that is DO NOT PARTICIPATE in an election where outcomes can be interferred with. BE AFRAID BE VERY AFRAID!!!!

  17. im happy for my country,at least we are exporting something.very soon many governments afraid of losing elections will be engaging zec for its service.

  18. Its a foregone conclusion, the margin is only what is left for announcement. Sorry anaAchimwene.

  19. Imi kundwai zvakanaka bvunzai Biti kuti ma elections anobirwa here?amai Banda vakaitabasa kare makutsvaga chekupomera manje .makarohwa kare imi tibvireipo

  20. What kind of a country can borrow gas lamps. Aah let us not do things that will make africa look like a poor continent.

  21. ZEC has huge experience in handling large number voters

    1) Voting slips for Malawi. lots of them lying around
    2) Quick Queue processing 30 seconds per voter
    3) “Indelible” ink to avoid we have some left over

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    4) Quick erectible polling stations where you want them.

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