Chilima lawyers done with cross-examining MEC chief

Lawyers for Dr. Saulos Chilima who is the first petitioner in the ongoing electoral case, Marshal Chilenga and Bright Theu, on Wednesday cross-examined the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika.

MEC chief has started defending his institution against claims of elections rigging during the May 21 polls.

Counsel Marshal Chilenga took Alufandika on cross examination to justify the use of tippex, duplicate tally sheets, among other issues that emerged as irregularities in the May 21 polls.

During the cross examination, Alufandika agreed with Counsel Chilenga that indeed tippex and duplicate tally sheets were used during the elections process.

However, the MEC Chief has told the court that MEC did not supply tippex and the fake tally sheets and the institution was surprised that tippex was used.

At one point, during the hearing, the court was adjourned for fifteen minutes to allow Alufandika to take a short break and catch a breath.

Later the hearing proceeded until around 5pm when lawyer Bright Theu concluded cross-examining Alufandika.

The court resumes on Friday when lawyer for Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, who is the second petitioner in the case, Mordecai msiska, will cross-examine Alufandika for a day.

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