Friday, February 3, 2023
HomeOpinionMy Take On It: The circus continues amid the sweats, Tippex, and...

My Take On It: The circus continues amid the sweats, Tippex, and the lies

Embattled MEC chair Ansah with the team

Following the May 2019 Malawi Elections, Malawi Electoral (MEC) Chair Justice Jane Ansah, amid 147 complaints, declared President Peter Mutharika the winner. The President hastily sworn in, the Chair then went Zodiak TV declaring the appropriateness of the work of the MEC.

In reaction to the electoral theft of the century, Malawians on both sides have demonstrated for and against the decision. Dr. Lazarus Chakwera’s Malawi Congress Party led by and Dr. Saulos Chilima’s United Transformation Movement hurled the MEC and the Democratic Progressive Party to court, challenging the election result.

While the MEC and DPP have moved on as if there is nothing to see here and that Mutharika won the election fair and square, an empaneled Constitutional Court has been served a variety of information where lawyers for the two plaintiffs (MCP and UTM) have unearthed a coterie of in-plain-sight fraudulent activities.

For example, the court has been shown that there were 1,593,334 duplicate forms, 1,330,448 valid votes that were altered, 1,120,104 tally sheets that were presented, but had no signatures, 524,340 sheets also presented and accepted despite having Tipex therein, and 188,172

fake results sheets (unconventional).

But Sean Kampondeni’s recollection of Monday’s court hearings had MEC Chief Executive officer Alafandika in sweats and is very much entertaining as it was illuminating.

Kampondeni highlights how SC Msisha’s cross-examination succeeded in getting Alfandika to admit or acknowledge 7 key things:

1. MEC suspected before the elections that tippex might be used, and so they made it clear to presiding officers in advance that tippex should not be used.

Alfandika’s admission shows that presiding officers and constituency returning officers allowed the use of tipex; this was not do out of ignorance nor out of a belief that the use of tippex was allowed. They did it knowing that it was not allowed and having been told not to do it, making the use of tippex by them is not only irregular, but also intentional and malicious.

2. Before the elections, MEC sent Inspection Teams to polling centres to check that the centres were compliant to the standards MEC had set in advance, and yet the Inspection Teams were neither required to check for or confiscate any tippex found nor required to report on whether or not they found or confiscated tippex during the inspection.  

Alfandika’s admission demonstrated that even though MEC anticipated in advance that some of its officers might be tempted to use tippex,  told its officers not to use tippex, and had the means and manpower to prevent the use of tippex, MEC nonetheless did not use those means or manpower to actually prevent the use of tippex.

3. Alfandika said a fact-finding investigation into the use of tippex was done by MEC officials into every place or incident whence tipexed results sheets emerged.

This admission showed that the MEC CEO was in direct contradiction with MEC Chair Justice Jane Ansah, whose June 24, 2019 Zodiak interview cited that no investigation was done by MEC at any point as to where the tippex came from and how it made its way onto official MEC documents countrywide. Either the MEC CEO and the MEC Chair, is misinformed or lying. It also shows a lack of coordination between the two central offices and lack of compliance with the statutes that define their working relationship. 

Alfandika attempted to explain the discrepancy; however, whether Alfandika or Ansah are telling the truth, MEC was only interested in investigating the complaints about the usage of tippex no sooner than four weeks after it already announced the results, when the law requires the MEC to settle all complaints during election week and before announcing the results.

4. MEC was informed by the auditing firm BDO that there were “many” results sheets which they rejected because they had tippex on them, or because they had alterations, or because they had missing signatures, but MEC wrote official letters to BDO instructing the auditors to accept them. 

Alfandika testimony showed four things:

a) MEC failed to take proactive steps to prevent the use of tippex and other irregularities before the elections; after the elections MEC was given an opportunity by the auditors to keep tipexed, unsigned, and altered results sheets out of its tabulation process, but instead MEC Commissioners and the CEO played an active and decisive role in ensuring the inclusion of such, making them complicit in the irregularities committed by MEC personnel at polling and constituency tally centres.

b) A high standard of results sheets integrity was initially upheld by BDO, but the MEC CEO and Commissioners had a very low standard of results sheets integrity and used their offices to order BDO to lower its standards by allowing results sheets that it had already deemed unacceptable.

c)  MEC at its worst was shown to have lied to the nation about the results’ compliance with international auditing standards, or at best, MEC hid from the nation the fact that many of the results sheets used to tabulate the final result had in fact failed to meet BDO’s international auditing standards.

d) When asked who wrote the letters to BDO to tell them to accept the substandard documents, Alfandika said it was he, which means that he is personally culpable for the acceptance of bad documents into an electoral process MEC assured Malawians would be watertight. 

5. MEC officials allowed the use of tippex even in constituency tally centres that were not Teacher Development Centers.

This admission showed that Alfandika’s statement claiming that the tippex was used only in constituency tally centres that were located at TDCs, was factually incorrect. The importance of this is that if tippex had only been used at TDCs, that already have tippex in their stock, then the use of tippex can be regarded at circumstantial, but if the tippex was also used in locations where it is not ordinarily found, then it means its use was conspiratory and premeditated.

6. The MCP wrote the MEC on three successive time, to which there has been no official response.

The admission by MEC CEO shows that Justice Jane Ansah’s announcement to the nation that all madando had been addressed, was incorrect. Furthermore, Msiska showed that by announcing the results of the elections when there were still complaints unaddressed, MEC was violated the law which requires MEC to address all complaints before declaration of results. 

7. The BDO audit report highlights several anomalies. First, the cover letter states that the report was sent to both MEC and UNDP, yet MEC claims that only UNDP got the report on the dates indicated, and MEC did not get the report from BDO. but from UNDP, and only got it in July, which would mean that the UN Resident Coordinator inexplicably held the audit report hostage for over a month before submitting it to MEC.

Secondly, (and more importantly), the table of contents for the audit report indicates that there were over 11 pages in the report, but in the document that followed, only the first 7 pages were paginated,  while the rest of the pages inexplicably have no page numbers.

Furthermore, the bullet points on the ninth page of the audit report have missing numbers, going from point 3.2.2.3 to point 3.3 to 3.7, without any point 3.4, or 3.5, or 3.6.

Through Alfandika’s acknowledgement of these anomalies, highlights:

1.   MEC had the audit report as early as UNDP had it, but then misplaced it through negligence or hid it through deceit, or MEC didn’t have the report on time because the UN Resident Coordinator held thus interfered with MEC’s timeliness in disclosing it.

2.    Either the report was done unprofessionally, with page numbers missing or was tampered with maliciously by the replacement of paginated sheets from BDO with unpaginated sheets from elsewhere.

3.   The report was done negligently with bullet numbering errors or the sheets with the full list of bullet points was replaced with sheets that had missing bullet points. Whichever the case, the report at best shows that the report was not done with the level of professionalism that meets international standards, and at worst shows that the sound report that came from BDO was tampered with in-country.

The Maravi Post has over one billion views since its inception in December of 2009. Viewed in over 100 countries Follow US: Twitter @maravipost Facebook Page : maravipost Instagram: maravipost    
Janet Karim
Janet Karimhttp://maravipost.com
Candidate Master of Education (2019) EBD, The George Washington University (GSEH); Highly organized, charismatic and persuasive Communications Specialist and accomplished Editor with 10+ years in the communications field, offering expertise in all phases of print; international development work experience with the United Nations headquarters (10 years, and two years UNDP field work); field experience (Malawi) - Oxfam, UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO; and electronic and social media productions. Superb public speaker who communicates effectively with target audiences through strategic dept at event planning and PR campaigns. Conscientious, diplomatic and tactful in all communications. Highly-motivated and trained media professional possessing exceptional writing and editing skills with ability to draft engaging and effective content; contributor for two leading national dailies (Nation Malawi - 2015-PRESENT; Times Malawi (2004-2007). Other areas of expertise include grant writing and project management. Highly trained in international, regional and local lobbying skills. Collaborates with international companies to initiate development policy change and foster public awareness, with deep commitment to social justice and health care equity; especially in work towards ending child, early and forced marriage, and promoting the human rights of the elderly. Microsoft Word, Excel, desktop publishing, broadcasting, television programming, social media management.
RELATED ARTICLES

1 COMMENT

  1. Janet iwe ndiwe njoka,
    Takhala tiku tsata zonse wakhala ukulemba pa maravi post. Khalidwe suna sinthe. Ukupitilizabe kuyankhula zinthua za mo bodza.

    Kodi tifunse nawo

    Ku Malawi vote unaka ponya nawo pa 21 May 2019??

    Uku kamba za tipex tipex tipex
    Unalipo ku malawi kuti ufotokoze mmene zinthu zinayendela?

    Nde pano Wasanduka katswiri pa facebook??!!!

    Usati bowe ndi mabodza ako. Kodi udza phunzila liti. Amuna ako anafe nthawi yawo isada kwane chifukwa cha khalidwe lako. Udza lapa liti Janet.

    Ndiwe njoka
    Ndiwe nsato yo wophya..

    Njoka

    Siya mabodza

Comments are closed.

Most Popular

Recent Comments

The History of online Casinos – Agora Poker – hao029 on The History of online Casinos
Five factors that will determine #NigeriaDecides2023 - NEWSCABAL on Leadership Is Difficult Because Governance Is Very Stubborn, By Owei Lakemfa
Asal Usul Texas Holdem Poker – Agora Poker – hao029 on The Origins of Texas Holdem Poker
Malawi has asked Mike Tyson to be its cannabis ambassador - Techio on Malawi lawmaker Chomanika against Mike Tyson’s appointment as Cannabis Brand Ambassador over sex offence
Finley Mbella on Brand Chakwera leaks Part 1
Maria Eduarda Bernardo on The 2021 Guide to Trading Forex Online
Atsogo Kemso, Political Foot Soldier on Why MCP and UTM Alliance Will Fail
Em. Prof. Willem Van Cotthem - Ghent University, Belgium on Malawi army, National bank cover Chilumba barrack with trees
Christopher Murdock on Why dating older woman is dangerous?
Samantha The Hammer on Why dating older woman is dangerous?
Muhindo Isevahani on The Cold War Against TB Joshua
JCON/SCOAN/BKN(888/8885/8808) on The Cold War Against TB Joshua
Keen Observer on Jesse Kabwila, Then and Now
Francesco Sinibaldi on Advertising in 2020 and beyond
Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche on