The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it has resumed collection of evidence from presiding officers following an extension of five days by the Constitutional Court.
According to MEC`s Director of Media and Public Relations, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, the Commission has instituted enough security to protect lawyers and staff during the process.
“We don’t expect any uninvited persons to come and interfere again, we have mobilized enough security and anyone seem to be interfering with the process will be dealt with accordingly according to the law,” cautioned Mwafulirwa.
He said the commission will be able to finish the task in the given time by the court.
“We know it’s mammoth exercise but since we have been given five days we have mobilised enough lawyers and also supporting staff to ensure that we finish everything within this period,” Mwafulirwa said.
Meanwhile, the much anticipated electoral case is scheduled to commence on August 8 this year.
However, the court has also asked the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to publicly withdraw its statement which was issued through the party`s spokesperson Reverend Morris Munthali who asked for vigilance among the citizenry following MEC`s evidence gathering exercise.
According to the Constitutional Court, which is being presided over by a panel of five judges, the statement was capable of citing violence against MEC staff in course of their duty.