HRDC urges vigilance ahead of poll

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has appealed to people to jealously guard their vote.

Malawi will hold fresh presidential election on Tuesday after a panel of High Court judges sitting as the Constitutional Court overturned the results of last year’s election.

While addressing journalists in Lilongwe on Sunday, HRDC National Coordinator Luke Tembo alleged that some people have planned to smuggle into the country already marked ballot papers ahead of the polls.

Tembo therefore urged Malawians to be vigilant by checking the country’s borders and airports.

He said the coalition is ready to take legal action against any individual found executing his or her duties outside the law during the poll.

Tembo said the coalition will also observe the election by deploying its personnel and under partner Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence pledged to mobilize best lawyers if anyone is found tampering with the election process.

He also sent an appeal to the country’s security organs to executive their duties professionally during the election.

Trapence commended the newly appointed Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale for a good start within a short period.

He has since asked Kachale to abide by the country’s laws when presiding over the election.

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