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By Faith Kamtambe:

CONFIRMED THE DEVELOPMENT—Mwafulirwa

The Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament has summoned Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) officials over missing kits and voter registration certificates.

The committee’s chairperson, Maxwell Thyolera, confirmed the development.

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He said the committee intends to meet Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika, Mec Chairperson Jane Ansah and other commissioners on Friday at Parliament Building.

“We want to enquire from them about their preparedness for the 2019 tripartite elections. We want to hear from them [about] the issues that have been going around in the media regarding the equipment and some voter identity cards (ID) that were found in Mangochi,” he said.

Thyolera said the committee is concerned with transportation challenges which Mec faces and is worried that, if left unchecked, it may face similar challenges in transportation of kits and other documents and personnel on May 21 2019 during the tripartite elections.

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He said the committee had been failing to engage Mec due to lack of funds.

Recently, Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) cleared Mec on matters regarding the lost-but-found biometric registration kit, which was recovered in a train that was travelling from Mozambique to Malawi.

The matter sparked debate in the country and concerns have been raised on how the kit went missing while in transit from Lilongwe.

A statement from CMD indicates that the organisation is satisfied that the kit was not being used by Mec for voter registration and that the machines in question have not compromised data and the voters roll in anyway.

Recently, voter registration certificates belonging to 751 people of Lilongwe Msinja North Constituency were found in Mangochi.

Mec spokesperson, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, confirmed the meeting.

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