Quasi-religious body, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) says it has observed some injustices in the manner the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) handled the May 21 polls.
PAC said in a statement that consultations with concerned political parties using mediators demonstrated that more than 147 complaints might have been received and acknowledged by MEC, a development which is contrary to MEC’s report that only 147 complaints were received before the announcement of the results.
“Our consultations with concerned political parties using Mediators demonstrated that more than 147 complaints might have been received and acknowledged by MEC, a gap that demands more clarification.”
“MEC Chairperson reported that 147 complaints were received during and after the voting day that we expected that would have been adequately dealt with all the complaints from all concerned parties,” reads the statement.
PAC has also disclosed that it attempted to seek an audience with MEC to verify this gap prior to announcement of the results, however the doors were not open for them as MEC indicated that all issues had been sorted out.
“We commend MEC for providing adequate briefings through consultative forum and assured Malawians of strict mechanisms put in place to deal with electoral irregularities. However, we observed some injustices in the manner the result management of the elections was handled,” reads the statement.
PAC has also observed that the use of Tippex in whatever form worsened the erosion of credibility on the result management.
The religious body said although statistics may seem to tally from various centers, the introduction of Tippex use raises eyes brows.
However PAC has extended its best wishes to winners at various levels and calling upon Malawians to remain calm during this period.