Auctioned materials not part of May 21 polls, MEC says

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says the electoral materials it is currently auctioning are not part of court evidence for the ongoing presidential election case.

The Commission has announced that it will be disposing off old materials that the Commission is keeping in its warehouses through an auction to be held on July 10, 2019.

MEC’s Media and Public Relations Director Sangwani Mwafulirwa said this is because the Commission has run out of space to keep old materials.

Mwafulirwa said the materials are not those that were used during the 2019 elections but rather those used during the 2014 elections.

“The materials we intend to dispose of are obsolete. They include things like car batteries, old tires and vehicles damaged during accidents which we cannot repair,” he told YFM in an interview.

“There are some materials from elections that we are also disposing of but what can l say is that these materials are from previous elections like photographic equipment.

“These are items that were used in 2014 elections for 2019 we migrated to a system so we know longer use them.”

The Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that MEC should provide election-related documents to lawyers representing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Lazarus Chakwera and his counterpart Saulos Chilima of UTM.

The two petitioned the High Court to have presidential election results for the May 21 nullified claiming that they were rigged.

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