Mec probes rigging claims


By Faith Kamtambe:


Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) is investigating reports that government has procured the “Spy Machine” to be used to rig next year’s Tripartite Elections.

Mec Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika, said the commission plans to meet Professor John Chisi, leader of Umodzi Party, who has come forward with information to discuss the claim.


“We have received a request from one politician Professor John Chisi that he wants to meet us on the rigging machine matter, so as he is currently attending to other issues, we are yet to set a date to meet him,” he said.

Chisi confirmed having contacted Mec on the matter.

“I indeed made a request to meet Mec but we have not yet met as currently I am outside the country…,” he said.


Alufandika, could not however, confirm when asked whether Chisi has information about the spy machine and purported rigging plans.

The country’s Vice President Saulos Chilima first made the claims on the existence of a spy machine when he launched the United Transformation Movement at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe early this year.

Chilima’s proclamation irked the rank and file in DPP, excited the public and he became a person of interest to police who later summoned him for questioning.

He, however, ignored the police order and has not shared any information on the whereabouts of the machine.

This forced Mec to ask anyone with information on the rigging machine to share the information with them.

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