By Malawi Freedom Network
Acting on a complaint, the elections referee, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has fired 14 presiding officers in Chiradzulu East Constituency.
Information released by MEC indicates that the fired presiding officers were involved in receiving bribes from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Parliamentary Candidate, Henry Mussa.
The complaint which MEC received from one of the contestants in the constituency, John Nomale, pointed at Mussa to have been on a bribing mission through giving the fired officers some campaign materials.
According to MEC’s investigation into the matter, Mussa who is also a long serving parliamentarian for the area, resorted to dishing out bribes in order to influence the electoral process.
The materials which Mussa had distributed were brand new blue painted bicycles and some transport refunds to the presiding officers.
The elections body has since warned that, in the event presiding officers receiving campaign materials from candidates, it will not hesitate but take an action.
MEC said, presiding officers receiving campaign materials or any bribe in any other form can compromise the electoral process.