MEC postpones auction after backlash

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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has postponed its planned public auctioning of motor vehicles until further notice.


The development has been revealed in a statement. The auction was expected to take place on July 16 at the Regional Elections Officer in Lilongwe.


This follows backlash from the public and commentators questioning MEC on the timing of the auction considering that the Commission is still attending court proceedings on the elections case.


It was accused of attempting to erase evidence of irregulaties concerning the disputed May 21 tripartite elections.


Officials from the Commission however insisted that the vehicles set to be auctioned were used during the 2014 elections and not during this year’s polls as alleged by critics.


Meanwhile, legal expert Justin Dzonzi has faulted MEC for returning to presiding officers for their signatures on the results sheets of the May 21 tripartite elections.


Violence ensued in Kasungu and Dowa districts last weekend after alleged supporters of the Malawi Congress Party beat up officers and lawyers representing MEC who were attempting to collect signatures from presiding officers to be used in preparing affidavits in the ongoing elections case.


Though questions have been raised on the move, MEC insists the process is transparent and not suspicious.


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