Ansah refuses to resign over missing MEC registration kit found in Mozambique

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Malawi Electoral commission (MEC) Chairperson Jane Ansah has refused to resign over missing biometric registration kit found in Mozambique.

The biometric kit went missing while being transported in a Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) Tata truck that was expected to deliver the kit in Mwanza. It was found on September 29th in Mozambique on a coal train.

However, the incident has raised questions as some Malawians believe the kit was stolen by people who wanted to use the information in it to rig the 2019 Tripartite Election.

These calls were backed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Publicity Secretary Maurice Munthali who gave Ansah a seven day ultimatum to resign or face unspecified action.

Speaking in Tiuzen Zoon programme aired on Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) on Sunday Ansah said she will not resign.

Ansah insisted that she has done nothing wrong on the matter, accusing Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other Malawians of blowing up the issue.
“I have done nothing wrong. The kit was found in Mozambique, at first we thought there was mix up, that it ended going to another centre just to hear that the kit is in Mozambique,” said Ansah.

According to Ansah, the missing biometric kit did not have viable information when it got stolen by unknown thugs.

When asked as to why MEC did not information concerned stakeholders on the missing gadgets, Ansah said doing so could have caused unnecessary pressure among Malawians since its sensitive issue.

Meanwhile debate on the matter continues with many calling for Ansah’s resignation.

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Robert Ngwira
Attended Our Future Private Secondary School in Rumphi from 2006-2009 Holder of Diploma in Journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) Hobbies, reading newspapers, going out with friends, listening to radio and watching football. Email: info@faceofmalawi.com

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