By Victoria Milanzi
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-As the May 2019 Tripartite Elections are getting closer a political analyst in the country says the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) had a lot of work to do to convince Malawians that there will be free and fair elections.
In an interview with Maravi post, Wonderful Mkhutche political analyst observed that the commission is fighting against an already existing perception that the May 2019 elections will be rigged.
“MEC has a lot of work to do to make Malawians who registered to vote trust the whole process. The commission is fighting against an already existing perception that the May 2019 elections will be rigged. This incident has worsened the perception,” he said.
He added that the elections may be free, but the fair part will not be realistic.
Mkhutche further said that besides the dumping of the voter certificates, the playing field is not leveled.
“The use of public media and resources is one challenge that has to be looked into. In short, MEC is working against the tide on its way towards May 2019,” said Mkhutche.
According to the analyst, on the biometric machine which was found in a train coming from Mozambique, MEC’s response was not impressive.
“MEC assured Malawians that data was safe, but the exposure the machine had, MEC will have to bring down the whole heaven to testify for it if voters will have to trust it,” Mkhutche said.
He said MEC needs to be given the capacity to work as an independent body and there is too much political influence in its work. Again, it operates in the shadow of the Executive arm of the government since it is the President who appoints the commissioners.