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DPP claims monitors abducted

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Nicholas Dausi

In the face of a possible defeat, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has written the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec), complaining that some of their monitors were beaten and harassed in Lilongwe, the party further alleges that some of the victims were abducted.

The party’s spokesperson Nicholas Dausi made the allegations during a press briefing in Blantyre Wednesday.

“Some of our bonafide monitors were also abducted at Mangochi Resthouse in Lilongwe by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM functionaries to prevent them from performing their statutory duty…” Dausi said.

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He said they reported the matter to police and that five suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the alleged crimes.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Noel Kayira confirmed from his daily security brief report that the said two incidences have been reported to police and that suspects have been nabbed.

“The incidences were prior to polling, they had nothing to do with polling,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Minister of information Mark Botomani has urged members of the public to manage their electoral results expectations with sanity.

In a statement that he signed, Botomani said that the nation awaits voter tabulation in the just ended fresh presidential election.

“Government would like to urge party leaders and supporters to desist from posting and circulating fabricated election results as this has potential to undermine the integrity of the electoral process. This is also recipe for violence when Mec announces true results different from those circulating on social media,” reads part of the statement.

The statement alleges that unscrupulous Malawians, photocopied Mec’s results sheets on which they are recording the said fabricated results which are being circulated on social media.

But Mec’s Chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale, said during an update on Wednesday, said they are aware of the transmission of unofficial results by media houses, saying such results shape the public’s expectations saying the commission has received complaints from all presidential candidates.

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