12 Presiding Officers locked up in Lilongwe for vote tampering

Voting

Police in Lilongwe have launched a manhunt of all presiding officers (POs) who allegedly took part in tampering with the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections figures.

On Monday 22 February, 2021, Kanengo Police pounced on 12 presiding officers who allegedly got kickbacks to twist the electoral outcome.

The officers presided over polls within Lilongwe City Centre. 

National Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner James Kadadzela says the 12 will be charged with use of tippex and alterations of official document which is contrary to section 115  (C) of the laws of Malawi. 

The arrest of the 12  brings the total number of arrested to 17 if we add those arrested on 21 February, 2021, who included Magaret Billiat, from Mtombe, T/A Chiwere in Dowa, Panji Ngulube, from Bwanamdogo village T/A Mabulabo in Mzimba who manned Mvunguti Primary School centre. 

It is believed that more are arrested are expected as use of tippex took place countrywide. Malawi's Constitutional court in February 2020, nullified the 2019 elections citing gross irregularities which included use of tippex. 

This led to fresh elections which saw the Tonse Alliance winning the polls against the incumbent Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party.