The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has refuted allegations by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Lazarus Chakwera that it is conniving with National Registration Bureau (NRB) to rig the forth-coming fresh presidential polls.
Chakwera claimed that NRB and MEC are registering minors in the on-going Voter registration exercise as part of voter rigging strategy.
But reacting to the accusations during a press briefing on Tuesday in Blantyre, MEC’s Chairperson Justice Dr. Jane Ansah said the accusations are untrue.
Dr Ansah said the Commission has no intention to rig the elections in favour of any presidential candidate. She said the commission will conduct a head count on all the new registered voters as one way of clearing Chakwera’s allegations.
“There are two ways; we either use the register used in 2019 or go to the centres and ask new registrants to be cross-check the validity of their IDs,” said Dr Ansah
The Constitution Court on February this year nullified May 2019 Presidential elections and ordered MEC to conduct Fresh Presidential Elections within 150 days from the day of the ruling.
Meanwhile, nine presidential candidates including the incumbent President Peter Mutharika are expected to present nomination papers to MEC from tomorrow 6 and 7 May 2020 for the fresh elections slated for 2 July.