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Opposition parties meet Pac over missing kit

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By Serah Makondetsa:

CONCERNED— Chingota

Some opposition political parties in the country Friday met with officials from the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) over the missing biometric registration kit.

Earlier on in the week, the opposition parties led by former vice-president Cassim Chilumpha demanded that Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah and two other top officials should step aside to pave way for a forensic investigation into the missing kit.

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Pac Chairperson Reverend Felix Chingota said the opposition parties invited the committee to seek their intervention into the matter.

“They called us to discuss the story involving the missing kit at Mec. They talked about the forensic audit which they have asked officials at the commission to conduct. They also want Pac to take up the matter at its All Inclusive Stakeholders Conference.

“Since elections involve the whole country and affect everyone, Pac has accepted to take up the matter and look into it during one of the committee’s stakeholders meeting,” he said.

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Chilumpha, who is the Chairperson of the political parties’ alliance, said they want Pac to initiate the process for the forensic audit.

“We want Pac to help initiate the process for the conduct of a forensic audit of the electoral equipment that went missing during the voter registration exercise.

“We want that this forensic audit is done independently, we also asked Pac that they should hold an all stakeholders inclusive meeting in preparation of the coming elections,” he said.

The opposition parties present at the meeting included UTM, Republican Party, Alliance for Democracy and Development, Mafunde, People’s Progressive Movement and People’s Party.

Ansah is on record having said she has explained everything on the matter and sees no reason for her to resign.

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