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Mec lying on queries—MCP

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By Jameson Chauluka:

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Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has accused Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) of not telling the truth regarding complaints which the party has been lodging to the commission on vote counting and tabulation.

Mec Chairperson, Justice Jane Ansah, Sunday said, so far, it was only UTM that had presented to the commission a query regarding discrepancies on the numbers its president, Saulos Chilima, got in Mzuzu.

Ansah urged all party representatives to follow suit and not complain through the media.

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“I don’t know what you want to get by giving the figures to the media because they do not have access to our computers to make any changes,” she said.

But MCP secretary general, Eisenhower Mkaka, said the party raised 11 queries which Mec acknowledged receipt of.

“She was not being honest because we have submitted 11 queries to the commission and not even just one query. This far, the commission has just aggregated the responses and we are in the process of compiling other queries,” he said.

MCP wants the commission to recount votes in 10 districts.

In a letter addressed to the commission and signed by Mkaka, MCP queried to Mec the vote counting and tallying procedures in Chikwawa Nsanje, Blantyre, Mangochi, Machinga, Dedza, Lilongwe Rumphi and Chitipa.

In an interview Sunday, Mec Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika, confirmed that MCP had been querying the commission but said their scrutiny of the queries did not result in change of the figures.

“The MCP’s queries were the same with the UTM’s query, only that it was only the UTM query which necessitated the change of figures as far as I can remember, but you are right the MCP has also been making queries,” he said.

The May 21 Tripartite Elections have been marred by irregularities in some districts, constituencies and wards.

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