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MCP Refuses to Withdraw Statement on MEC Officers

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Reverend Munthali says not reason to withdraw the statement. Reverend Munthali says not reason to withdraw the statement. - Internet photo

The stand-off continues between Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is poised to take another level after the MCP insisted it will not withdraw a statement it made regarding electoral officers who are collecting information in some districts.

MEC threatened to pursue legal action should MCP fail to withdraw the statement.

“The Commission would like to express its disappointment with this careless statement as it has created animosity and endangered the lives and property of MEC staff. There are now threats issued to MEC staff from several quarters following this very careless and irresponsible statement.

“In this regard, MEC is calling upon the MCP to withdraw this statement unconditionally or else MEC will make necessary applications in court for redress. The Commission also wishes to state that the MCP shall be held accountable for any loss of life of MEC staff or lawyers or loss or damage to property in the course of this exercise,” reads the statement in part.

MCP spokesperson, Reverend Maurice Munthali, says the party stands by its words in the letter, saying the party is ready to face MEC in court should the matter be taken to court.

“MEC knows that they have messed up and there is no way they can ask MCP to withdraw that statement because we are talking on behalf of Malawians and we are representing their anger. That is why we asked them to be vigilant,” he said.

MCP in the statement appeals to communities to apprehend MEC officials who are collecting election related information in the districts.

“The Malawi Congress Party is further concerned that this exercise by MEC is not being done after alerting or seeking clearance from the court and notifying all parties concerned, yet it is such a suspicious exercise that apparently affects the matter that is before the court.

“It is upon this reason that Malawi Congress party hereby appeals to communities to apprehend these officials and take them to police where the presiding officers must demand to have copies of the documents that these MEC officials are asking them to sign,” reads the statement in part.

MEC Spokesperson, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, says in a written response that they will not comment further on the matter, reiterating the Commission’s commitment to for a just and fair process regarding that the matter in court.

MCP and UTM are disputing the elections that went in favor of President Peter Mutharika.

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