The Malawi Electoral Commission has rebuffed the Democratic Progressive Party leadership over demands that the party should add its private security to join those from the Malawi Police Service and the Malawi Defence Force in manning ballot papers at Kamuzu International Airport.
The presidential, parliamentary and local government ballot papers started arriving yesterday and will finalize landing in the country today through KIA in Lilongwe.
The DPP leadership through its secretary general made the request to MEC due to lack of trust with government machinery to secure the ballot papers at KIA warehouses where they will be kept up until 16th and 17th this month before distribution to polling centres across the country.
There are wide spread rigging fears across the opposition political parties board as they accuse the current administration of Joyce Banda’s led Peoples Party of working on all tactics to rig elections that they remain in power to shield themselves from cashgate cases that happened under their watch.
MEC Chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera urged political parties and all electoral stake holders to remain calm and trust the police and the Malawi Defence Force whom he described as professionals in providing trusted security.
“Are you telling me that we cannot trust an operation such as looking at the ballot papers, I would like to say, we in the Malawi Electoral Commission are confident that these ballot papers will be secure in this place and there is no reason for any Malawian to worry.
“What we will not do is to subcontract the security services to the individuals who are not providers of official security services, we want people that are paid to do this, that are accountable to do this and those people are the Malawi Defence Force and the Malawi Police Services”, said Mbendera.
According to MEC, security remain tight for the ballot papers and that rigging will not be part of the process.