By Malawi Freedom Network
MEC Calls Off Meeting Presiding Officers
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has suspended an exercise in which it’s legal team and officials were meeting with Presiding Officers in different parts of the country to among other things solicit information and reports in readiness for the elections dispute case.
Announcing this on Tuesday, MEC’s Spokesperson, Sangwani Mwafulirwa said, the commission has come up with the decision in reaction to the growing insecurity of its legal team and staff in the course of discharging their assigned duty.
Mwafulirwa expressed concern that, people from the country’s Central and Northern Regions were attacking their lawyers and officials every time they went to gather the much needed information and reports, in preparation for the forthcoming Presidential case.
The decision to suspend the excercise has been communicated after the commission held an emmergency meeting at its headquarters in Blantyre.
In various places like in Rumphi, Mzimba, Karonga and Kasungu, the said MEC officials raised eyebrows, which led to intense public curiosity that translated into violence and eventual physical manhandling.
The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) had in particular appealed for public vigilance over the suspicious move by the electoral body.
The party went a mile to urge the public to apprehend the officers once they see them moving about conducting the suspicious meetings.
In retaliation, MEC through its Elections Chairperson, Sam Alufandika, warned MCP that, in the event of any of its officer getting wounded or losing life, his organisation would take the party to court and make it answerable.
Alufandika further called on MCP to withdraw its statement.
In response, MCP through its National Publicity Secretary, Reverend Maurice Munthali said, the party would not withdraw its statement hence continue to stand its ground on the matter.
Electoral stakeholders have since condemned MEC’s move to conduct the meetings without the prior knowledge or the presence of all stakeholders.