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Mec has failed to produce documents—MCP lawyer

By Pilirani Kachinziri:

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has reportedly failed to disclose and produce documents in the ongoing May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections case, as directed by the Constitutional Court, within 11 days counting from June 27 2019.

This has been disclosed in a Certificate of Non Compliance filed to the High Court by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) lawyers, Mvalo and Company, Thursday.

“The second Respondent has not complied within the said Order by failing to produce within the period ordered by the court the following…,” states the certificate.

Among other things, Mec is faulted for failing to provide original presidential results sheets for all 5,002 polling centres duly signed by Mec and/or agents of candidates and political parties including those of MCP candidate Lazarus Chakwera.

Mec is also accused of failing to produce original presidential election results’ tally sheets for all the constituencies duly signed by Mec agents and agents or candidates and or political parties including those of Chakwera.

The commission is also said to have failed to produce presidential election tally sheets for all the 28 districts.

Mec has been reported to the court for failing to produce a list of its data entry clerks, known as Polling Equipment Operators and Constituency Returning Officers.

MCP lawyers also accuse the electoral body of failing to produce Record Log Books for all the 5,002 Polling Centres except 28 of the 423 Record Log Books for Mulanje, 53 out of 255 for Nsanje and 31 out of 407 books for Mangochi.

It has also failed to provide part of the record log books for Rumphi, Nkhotakota, Dedza, Lilongwe, Chikwawa, Phalombe, Machinga, Blantyre and Thyolo districts.

Chakwera and UTM president Saulos Chilima are challenging results of the elections after Mec declared Democratic Progressive Party torchbearer Peter Mutharika the winner of the presidential race.

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