DPP denies hacking MEC system

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The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which rose to power after the elections in May last year, has denied claims that it rigged the elections by hacking a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) system.

Francis kasaila

Kasaila: Played down the reports.

An information technology expert, Christopher Ligomeka, claims that the ruling party hired him to hack MEC computer system used to count votes during the 2014 Tripartite Elections.

However, in an interview with Malawi24, DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila said the claims made by Ligomeka are not true and the party does not recognise his name.

“As DPP we don’t have such name in the party and we even don’t know him. If the system was hacked, then it should be MEC telling us what happened. This is an issue that requires to be dealt with a security institution.

“MEC have never told us that their system was breached. It should be MEC taking the responsibility of investigating and getting to the truth of the matter,” he said.

Meanwhile, MEC has refused that its system encountered any problems related to hacking. MEC’s director of media and public relations, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, said there was no problem with counting of the votes and the only challenge was on transmission as the system could not accept the results because some presiding officers had merged polling streams.

According to Mwafulirwa, the system was designed not to accept any result showing more than 800 voters per stream. But, since some presiding officers had merged the streams, it resulted in more than 800 voters per stream.

“The returning officers were asked to bring all the results to the tally centre where they were entered into the systems. Mwafulirwa also said there was nothing sinister with the DPP having its own tally centre as it was the same with all parties.”

“There is no prohibition for a party to have a centre where it will tally all the results sent by its monitors from the centres. It was not only DPP. Several parties had their own centres where they were tallying results sent by their monitors,” said Mwafulirwa.

The leader of the DPP in the presidential elections obtained 36.4 percent of the vote and 7.5 million people were eligible to vote in the elections, which were described as Malawi’s closest-fought polls in 20 years.

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  1. kwakhala kamphindi kuti zobisika zonse zionekele pamene mkwiyo wa Mulungu utsikile paose woyipa, EZEKIEL 7 VS 8

  2. It is a BARE fact tht DPP rose t power thru RIGGING.It is RIDICULOUS t say:Ther is no PROBLEM whether they WON FAIRLY or not.Tht is sheer ARROGANCE.Dzikoli si lanu a DPP.Osamayankhula ZAMKUTU.

  3. Bravo, these dpp danerous criminals will never accept, but the fact and the truth has now been revealed out= no matter whatever nosense you may try come upwith. Kodi ife tinaliko komwe mumapangana chiwembu chanucho? Note that, wherever you are, God sees and knows what you are doing, tou can not htde from Him.Mwatchera kumwezi nkhanga zaona, mpatseni zake Ligomeka ,chisankho munabera zinatheka , poano mudyerera komanso kuononga miyoyo ya anthu ena kuti zonse zikhale zanu.

  4. We really need to go to ndata to ask big Kahuna in his grave carefully what exactly happened that the gvt purse should be empty two yrs before he died.

  5. Nonse odana ndi dpp ndinu zitsilu angakhale mwana amkachita kuziwiratu kt ngati chisankho chingakhale chachilungamo dpp iwina or afrobometer adanena kt dpp ndiyimene ingawine inu mudali kt bingu adalidi nsogoleri wamaso mphenya 2019 landslide

  6. In a fighting or any competion, what is important is to win whether fairly or unfairly but winning the game is what matters most. So many are graduates from different universities now, yet some of them had passed through Likasa. There is no way a seriously hated opposition party like DPP during mai chinsalu uja, could outsmart a rulling govt to steal votes during national elections. Go back and read the survey results by afrobarometer before elections. All the victory was pointing to Peter, or have you forgotten? Kumazitsata osamangokomenta without knowledge of what you are commenting about.

    • if that was the case tell me how it happened that in a certain constituency in machinga the registered voters were two thousand sonething yet DPP amass five thousand something, were was the additional number coming from? on the part of survey, u cant trust whole heartedly on them for example in Zambia 2011, all of then pointed to rupiah banda as winner yet come elections it was micheal sata. the afrobarometer indicated peter to amass 26% yet come elections it was 36%. may be u can say it was close to that but to tell u another evidence it may seem am too much political.

    • kod ka afrobarometer nkachani??,,, after o if it really rigged the elections, what purpose will it serve now?,,, will the DPP give up the mantle to the party which deserved the winning??,,, the past z gone and lets focus on the present and future,,,, to my fellow colleagues, lets not focus and trust theses researchers whose research z not evidence-based

  7. Mbuzi, abakha, akakowa, akhwangwala, makoswe pamodzi ndi a Bwampini anthu oipa. Mwabweresa malamulo achilendo mwavomereza maukwati achilendo ndinu otani inu anyani anthu zinkhanira inu? YEHOVA ACHITE NANU NDITHU. Malawi wasanduka sodomu chifukwa cha mbuzizi. To hell with your Fucking DPP.

  8. So who is 2blame?Should we blame the DPP,MEC or Gvt of JB?Coz this shows the failier of that Leadership coz how can anopposition party hack the system?Are u telling malawians that all the resources was handled by DPP?Please let God be God&Mark my word come 2019 the same people will sing the same song.THE VOTE WAS RIGED!Lets join hands regardless of our political guagumel.THE TRUTH WILL PREVAI IN 2019 MY WORD PLZ.THIS IS GOD’S CALL.

  9. We malawians believe in hearsay. Ligomeka shud come in the open with tangible facts for us to believe him. Otherwise he might end up himself behind bars or even disappear. If it is true then he acted childish. How come did he accepted a deal without being palm-oiled in the first place?

  10. of course DPP cant accept that it hacked the MEC system that is obvious and to me its not a surprise. DPP lead govt since it took over power last year has implemented bad and unpopular policies bcoz it did not make a serious and competitive campaign as compared to MCP, UDF and PP during last year campaign. imagine Peter himself visited zomba only twice during the campaign period and yet zomba was one of the districts that gave Peter high votes. what am saying is Peter didnt do a serious campaign to know what was on ground hence unpopular decisions his government is making and perhaps justifies the the claim that anabera mavote.

  11. Ku hacker Or Osa hacker chinafunika apa nkukoza mavuto omwe analipo osatkumangoonjezera ndiyemukuganiza kt anthu akhalabwanji pakutha 5yrs

    • inu aliyense munyengo imeneija amabela ndipo amakhala ndinjila zosiyanasiya ndipo ndi chipani chimodzi chomwe chimapambana Dpp inabela inapambana enawonso anabela koma analephela ndiye mumafu tiziti Eatinakubelani ayi sizitelo kkkkkkkk tionanso 2019 tizakubelanso.

  12. KODI OSUTSA NDI OLAMULA AMAKHALA NKUTHEKERA KOBERA CHISANKHO NDI NDAN? ANHU ENAFE SITIMALIKONDA DZIKO LATHU, M’MESA POMWE MUNAONA UMBAVA UKUCHITIKA MUKANAKAWANENEZA KU POLICE YOMWE MUDALI PAFUPI? A DPP SIMBAVA

  13. Wakuba zamavomela zingavute maka,nde inu a DPP mwachizikile simungavomele oro atakudulan chala cha nkombaphala,koma pansi pa ntima mukuziwa kuti ndinu mbava.

  14. Having first hand experience of some Malawian politicians’ “double speak”, I think the salient point is what do they mean by ‘hacking’? 🙂 🙂

  15. EVEN IF YOU CANT AGREE BUT THATS TRUE YOU ROBBED THE RESULTS THAT WHY YOU ARE FAILING TO RUN THE COUNTRY EVEN JB WAS BETTER THAN YOU GUYS

  16. VUTO LOBELA NDILIMENELI PANO DZIKO LIKUKANIKANI KULAMULIRA NDI NGATI MUNTHU AWONELE MASO APITA KU COLLEGE MAPETO AKE AMA WEEDIDWA NDIYE NDI ZIMENE AKUONA A DPP KULAMULIRA DZIKO ITS NOT A JOKE ITS NEEDS BRAINS KIKI!