Ineligible candidates risk being penalized

MEC commissioners during the interface

By Laura Tebulo, MEC Stringer

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says if any information regarding to the ineligibility of the aspiring candidate comes to its attention, serious action will be taken against the involved individual.

The statement was made by MEC chairperson, Justice Jane Ansah during the vetting of ballot papers to the parliamentary and local government candidates on Monday in Ntchisi.

She said MEC is open to receiving complaints and information from the public that might help to prove if any of the approved candidates presented inaccurate information.

She pointed out that all the information presented to MEC will be taken seriously and investigations will be instituted to establish if the information presented is right.

The delegates to the meeting

“We will treat all complaints seriously and if the candidate is found out to have been presented inaccurate information that person will be penalised,” she said.

According to Ansah, if the person lied about his/her nationality or the criminal record among other things that person will be penalised.

She, however, cautioned that an action will be also taken against those who might lodge a complaint out of malice.

She then promised fair and credible elections during the Tripartite Elections on May 21.

The chairperson, together with fellow commissioners Jean Mathanga and Mary Nkosi took time to engage with the aspiring candidates during a question and answer session.

Speaking after the meeting, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate, Songazaudzu Sajeni commended MEC for the exercise and for addressing their heart burning questions.

“By the look of things, this time around, MEC seems to be more prepared and I believe we will have fair and credible elections,” said Sajeni.