BY FOCUS MAGANGA
Towards the 2014 tripartite elections, Afrobarometer, Nation Publications Limited (Nation on Sunday) and other credible research institutions carried out studies to predict who would win elections. The findings were very consistent in indicating the then opposition Democratic Progressive Party would win the elections.
And then came results, we know Afrobarometer never shoots it’s scientific prophesies off target. DPP won.
But opposition Malawi Congress Party gave MEC unbearable wave of pressure. MCP through it’s Presidential Candidate, Lazarus Chakwera, who was contesting for the highest political office for the first time, couldn’t accept the results.
The then Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera couldn’t survive the pressure, but oozed out rains of tears while announcing the results.
MCP also cursed the media, particularly ZBS and Nation Publications Limited saying they helped DPP to rig elections. MCP also bashed the judicial system and claimed they are agents for DPP.
Mbendera until his death was not a happy man. I believe he died while still wondering why his own men could not appreciate a deligent job he passionate did for his country. In the spirit of believing elections are only fair and credible when their candidate wins, Mbendera died a less noble and respected man. Am not saying MCP killed him. He died a natural death. But we know he was not a happy man from the time he announced the results, he didn’t even invent.
Fast forward, 2019 tripartite elections.
ZBS online on November, 6 2018 published an article it quoted three credible research institutions, Institute of Public Opinion, Financial Intelligence Unit and Afrabarometer, all singing the same chorus tipping APM and DPP winning the 2019 presidential elections. The article, https://zodiakmalawi.com/…/we-won-t-relax-poll-tips-dpp-to-…, said if elections were held in September last year DPP would carry the day.
Then came announcing of presidential results. It’s now Justice Jane Ansah MCP is not happy with. There were political party representatives in the commission but MCP’s anger is catapulted on the one who made the announcement, Justice Asah.
Luckily, it’s not just MCP not happy with the results. The quasi-religious Institution, Public Affair Committee and Human Rights Defenders Coalition have also joined hands cursing MEC for what they term as Tipp-exed elections. Ironically, the chairperson of Human Rights Defenders Coalition Mr. Timothy Mtambo signed and endorsed Malawi Electoral Support Network electoral report, in which he is a board member. The report said the elections were free, fair and credible, and that MEC’s figures are consistent with their figures. There were also journalists on the ground, who were publishing raw results from different tally centers across the country. Their figures are not different from MEC’s figures.
That said, I thought it is important to appreciate other people’s efforts even when the results don’t favor us. I can only imagine the sleepless nights Jane Ansah, her Commissioners and staff at MEC underwent while processing results. In the end, are we serious all they can get are insults?