Malawis electoral body questioned over voters roll

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) chairperson Maxon Mbendera has ruled out the possibility of party rigging in the May 20 elections. He said this in Mangochi on Wednesday during his interface with church leaders.  “All ballot papers especially the most important ones have security features some of which we can’t see using our naked eyes. You require either UV light or other facilities to see them. Therefore even if someone printed their own ballot papers they definitely won’t have all the security features,” he said.

Mbendera said the public should know that up to 95 percent of decisions which the commission arrives at with regard to elections are reached at by consensus through Mec commissioners who are party representatives.

He said Mec has been following what the law says throughout its work on elections’ preparations.

Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) Alex Maulana said that the biggest problem in the country is lack of adequate elections information flow.

“The biggest challenge is that information isn’t getting to the masses so much that most Malawians make comments on things they know little or nothing about. Some politicians take advantage of the fact that most Malawians are illiterate and give them half-truths,” said Maulana