DPP will use IDs to rig elections – MCP

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Opposition Members of Parliament  have accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of planning to use the national identity cards to rig the 2019 elections.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators on Thursday called for the suspension of the national registration exercise saying government plans to register few people in the central region.

MCP legislators said in Parliament that children who are 16 years old, hence will be 18 by May 2018, are being turned away from registration centres in the central region.

The opposition legislators argued that many who are now aged 16 in southern and northern regions will be able to register by the time the registration exercise reaches the two regions, which they described as unfair and tantamount to electoral fraud since the IDs have been linked to voter registration for the 2019 elections.

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Opposition MPs claim the DPP wants to use the national registration to rig the 2019 elections.

Speaking in the August House, lawmaker for Kasungu central Amon Nkhata argued that the use of the national identity cards as one of recommendations for one to vote in the general elections is not good and must not be accepted.

Nkhata gave an example of his area where according to him the national identity registration is not accurate hence raising questions of whether the process is transparent and fair.

“Mr Speaker Sir, my area is among other areas where the exercise is taking place. However, there is strong evidence that DPP may rig the 2019 elections especially if voters will use these national IDs for voting,” he expressed the concern.

He told the House that in his area there are concerns like poor planning, no forms for some Malawians, poor public awareness and that some equipment used are in bad shape.

“Mr Speaker Sir, if the exercises faces such kind of problems, how do you except that the elections will be fair?”

Commenting on the point, Mchinji West lawmaker Jephter Mwale disclosed that all computers of National Registration Bureau (NRB) are not functioning in his area meaning that a good number of people will not have the IDs.

National registration exercise underway now in some districts. (Related Image credit to UNDP)

Addressing the House on the concerns, Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera proposed that the House should set up a committee to monitor the whole registration process.

Responding to the complaints, government deputy chief whip Grace Chiumia who is also Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security refuted claims that DPP is planning to use the IDs as tools to rig the by elections.

She told the parliamentarians that the House will be addressed on the complaints through a ministerial statement.

Mass nationwide identity registration process commenced early June in some districts in the central region like Nkhotakota, Kasungu, Ntchisi and Mchinji and so far over 100, 000 Malawians have been registered.

The registration exercise is scheduled to end in December, 2017.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on 31 May, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Initiative for Civic Education and NRB to use the IDs for the 2019 elections.

The MoU means MEC will use national IDs issued by NRB when conducting voter registration for 2019 polls, to develop voters’ identity as a way of ensuring that there are no duplicates and multiple entries and as proof of voters’ identity on election day.

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  1. The problem with our leaders is dyera, they dont fulfil promises. Where other countries’ presidential candidates campaign to get into power with the aim of transforming their nations here in malawi they do so that they can fatten their pockets with tax payers money, please malawi let us grow up, ngat mwalamulira basi. Sikuti muzikakamila. Ndi chani kodi chimene mukufuna kulibwino kukhala opanda president kut aliyense azisova mmene angazisamalilire chifukwa chokhalira ndi president kuno ku malawi sichioneka ata mpakono zatikwana aaaaah

  2. MCP will help DPP to win elections because of its unfruitful criticisms.MCP leaders doesn’t know that the ruling party will make every effort to change these problems before elections because of these objections.

  3. The argument should be based on relating the id to voter registration. What MCP should fight for is dissolving the memorandum signed with Mec but not to halt the registration process.

  4. Ndye vuto lanu ndichan inu a malawi24?.Simunaziwebe mpaka lero kuti #mcp ndichipani chotsusa? asiyeni azitsusa choncho anzao campaign ayiyamba kale Iwo adakachedwa nd

  5. MCP panic over National ID Cards after wasting time & money buying Voter Registration Cards which they intended to use to rig the 2019 Elections.

  6. Osalira. Zonse. Mulungu akudziwa. Its not mistake. Thawi yinja ngati. Yobu anachitira zilondathulake. Ndi imeneyi mpakamalawi avutike kwambiri ndichiyambi koma term yachiwiri ndiye muwone kuti moto moto kuthetha ana amuthalika mufuse bakili anamina ku fiiii pano. Alibe mawo ngati muva maniga aku usa ndi amenewa. Ndiye. Muyamika usadziwa malawi kufakomwe

  7. Malawi tiyeni tiseguke mmaso chifukwa nkhani yama IDs yayamba thawi yolakwikwa kukamba zoona bwanji akanadikira chisakho chipite kaye or bwanji nkhani yama IDs yikanachitika thawi yoti dpp yinangotenga chisakho,koma apapa thawi ikupita ku ma election mkuti titenge ma IDs zosaveka izo,osamatinamiza zoti titenge ma IDs pomwe mulindicholinga china,ndichimozimozi zomwe zinachitika kuno ku tanzania anati ma forenah tose tikatenge zimakalata ku immigretion komaso ma IDs zokhalira muno mu tanzania osaziwa kuti tikuvota,chimozmozi apa nkhani zama IDs sitikukana koma mwaziyamba thawiyolakwikwa mkanadikira chisakho cha 2019 chiduse ndipomwe titenge ma IDs not chochi a malawi musawone ngati ndife ose womawadyera masuku pamutu zisisi zanu tikuziziwa bwino momwe mmaziyendesera.

  8. IDs are so helpful Mcp is not against the idea of having them you better understand their viewpoint correctly! Mcp is only against using them for for voter registration basi! Dpp is trying all the tricks in the book to rig the 2019 elections thus one of the them is national identity card registration! Don’t you know folks that even in dpp camp are mcp sympathizers who might have leaked this to them!?

    • Is it not the same oppposition that has been pushing for reforms in MEC, which upon other things is the +50 campaign, National ID’s usage in elections etc? Noow what is this? If at all the problem is awareness so as claimed, why can’t we just increase it m’malo momapanga claim zinthu zowawitsa mitu anthu ovotawo?

    • Silently the oppossition is promoting voter apathy. The rulling followers will go out on the voting day in largest numbers while the opposition followers will come out in smallest, as they will see no sense in voting in an election that their candidate has already lost due to the claimed rigging…

    • Dis z part of ignorant , ask south Africans about ld they gonna tell u dat age limit z there no one below 16 yrs in south Africa z not qualified to have dat ld so wat more poor Malawi can it manage to process ld for every one ???

  9. Aphungu ena munangolowera zitsamba ku parliament,simukudziwa ubwino ndi kufunika kwa ID,mukutipangitsa manyaxi kumayiko ena akamamva mpaka lero kuti kumalawi kulibe ma ID

  10. Phokoso pa chiphaso chadziko lakula and zikuoneka kt amalawi ani ake nawoso ali kakasi.koma langa ndifuso kt kodi nthawi yoyamba pomwe amakambirana za ma ID kunyumba yamalamulo adagwirizana kt ID yadziko idzakhala yovotela?

  11. Who told you that if you are a leader of opposition you must oppose anything though it’s good? If you are opposing, do good things so that people can witness themselves so and at the end they will vote for you thanspreading malicious rumors.Ndale za chibwanatu izi.Why do our politicians are busy doing of 16 century forgetting that we are in 21century?

  12. Mcp you are a full of nonsense party kumangokhala omamgoganiza mwachikale basi the whole Africa Malawi is the only country we don’t have IDs pano pano amnzanu apanga chothekera kuti tikhale ndi ma IDs mukulowesanso ndale zanu zopusazo tamuuendani ndidziko ino ndinthawi ina siyanu ya Congress munangokhala osalira basi

  13. I don’t think it’s true what Tambala wakuda says, just to live politic ID is vital for anyone here ngati angapange id kuti zawo zidzayende Ndiye aowona patali ndipo sadzatheka komabe ma plan amunthu sali ngati amulungu 2019 Ali patali mawa sitikudziwa libalanji

  14. Malawians need IDs to transform their lives…otherwise donor communities helping us on this project to be reality will end up quitting bcoz of stupidity.

  15. All that Malawian politicians think is the next election, not the welfare of this country. Munziwe YESU ndi ophunzira ake khumi ndi awiri.

  16. So what does it tell us? will insane Chakwera buy matches and burn the IDs? Instead of organising a meeting with your fellow specialists in failure to solve the issue, you’re busy presenting it on public domain. Your complaints have been causing injuries in our ears since Peter’s 2014 victory and we’re now fed up. GO TO HELL! #MCP fan

    • I am one of such people dwelling in typical areas (Mchinji South Constituency, T/A Mavwere, Village Headman Kamphemvu) but I don’t see any reason for broadcasting the issue because even if they do that, people will keep on registering. However, they just need to find a clean altenative to crack down vote rigging.

  17. Hey MCP! Try to have a special campaign stratergy that wil kick ths passive president out of state house. He has got plenty of short falls that cant be counted. Osat zomwe mukunjenjemerazo. Uyu Mtharikayu ndiwogona and its ur time to win.

    • auze man,watitopetsa uyu umphawi saudziwa munthu wa bodza mphatso ya utsogoleri alibe.DPP ndi mbava zoopsa ana asatana, njoka za ululu.

  18. Si zachilendo,zodabwisa ndi zozizimusaso poti nthawi zonse atibela atibela kkkk kunjenjemeladi moti simumuthadi prof APM &DPP, Prof waku school & first to lead for 3yrs w/o donor budgetal suport,

  19. kkkkkkkk koma Malawi sazatheka ndithu kuteteko wina mtima ukumuwawa kamba ka ID ndithu. komanso ine chibadwireni sinanvepo ndukuonapo wandale akuimbila manja chitukuko chaboma ayi kwawo ndikunyoza basi ndikuletsa basi zija zomati… bridge imene ija ndukampeni ndalama zimenezo mukuononga.

  20. Si zachilendo,zodabwisa ndi zozizimusaso poti nthawi zonse atibela atibela kkkk kunjenjemeladi moti simumuthadi prof APM &DPP, Prof waku school & first to lead for 3yrs w/o donor budgetal suport,

  21. Kulibe ID chipani chakutichakuti chikubera, kukubwera ma ID chipani ichi chiszabera. Kkkkk ndi liti lomwe tinamvako zoti chipani chawina osabera. Tingocomereza mavuto athu. Amalawi tikufuna ma ID tatopa ndikutsalira.

  22. ID is wellcome every citizen of malawi is allowed to use any where in the country please try to inform the people the use of IDs its not only for elections it is cititizenship certificate to all Malawian.

  23. Ndizomvetsa chisoni kuti azipani zosusa amafuna kuchedwetsa dala chitukuko pofuna kumaloza boma chala ngakhalenso iwo amalota zozalamulira,Koma funso mkumati iwowa osusawa amasusilira kufuna kukwanilitsa zofuna zao kapena kupindulira amalawi?.Padziko lonse ngati pali ziko lopanda Ma I.D’s ndimalawi.koma mumayenda mkumaona maiko azathu?.Mcp ngati mulibe chochita yambitsani mpingo poti ambusa mulinao kale.Mukonze chipani chanu osati kuyambilatu kuopa chitsankho.IYO A MCP MUSAPANGITSE MA ID WO.

  24. A Mcp mukayirekerera nkhani imeneyi mudzalira sure. Cholinga chawo ndichomwecho kuti alembe ochepa kuti akamadzapita ku south adzawawuze zowona kuti mukalembetse mwa unyinji kuti mudzavote. Dziwani izi kuayambira kale ku south amalemba ndi ana a 14yrs omwe umboni ulipo ndiye ngati akubweza kuno mudzawona atalembedwa ndi ana omwe mbali zomwe akudalirazo. Chonde musayisiye nkhani imeneyi

  25. Dont jump to conclusion unless u have evidence.MEC can confirm us and all concerned parties,on their preventive measures against malpractise.

  26. Mcp, Simava Eeeee Imeney Ndeiti, Mukuona Gat Leroso Muganamize Munthu Nkumat Agwanzi Ndi Mkango, Kapen Ndiwamuyaya, Zopusa Nkona Timat Mcp Ili Ndi Magazi Manja

  27. We should not look only on politics ID is the main engine of develop. There is alot that thing can do. Registration of ID doesn’t look for age if is young receives his papers and apply anytime only that Malawi should give dateline for ID to come less than two weeks

  28. You don’t even know how idiotic you look when you tell friends from other countries that we don’t have national identity cards in Malawi, this is a welcome development and shouldn’t be politicized aaaa kubera mavoti kubera mavoti za chani..we need identity cards that’s it

    • You don’t even know how idiotic you look when you tell friends from other countries that we don’t have national identity cards in Malawi, this is a welcome development and shouldn’t be politicized

    • yeah they know that dpp will be successful in this and they hate to see dpp successful on anything just because it is DPP,,,,ife tipangisa ma ID amwene, asakufuna aleke

    • kodi akulu inu munawona kuti ID kuperekedwa mwana ongobadwa kumene? ine ndakhala ku Mozambigue dzaka zambiri ndipo kulinso abale anga ndiana awo omwe koma mwana sangakhale ndi ID ongobadwa ai munve komanso pano ndikukhala ku Durham kwazulunatala kuchoka 2010 pano ulendo wachiwiri ndikubwera kuno ndipo tilindianzathu omwe alindiana kuno koma mwana sangakhale ndi ID palinthawi yeke fofunika kukhala ndi ID chitsanzo azimayi kuno amalandila ndalama zawana awo malire ana atatu basi koma mwanayo akabadwa pamatenga almost 5 to7month asadayambe kulandila ndalama za Grant yamwana ndiye inu mukunena za ID kuti mwana ongobadwa kumene akakhele ndi ID munaziona kuti mukuona ngati boma popanga program imeneyo ndianthu osadzindikila koma inu odziwa basi ndibwerezenso ndikuti mwana samakhala ndi ID ongobadwa kumene ife tilimaiko omwe kuli ma ID komweko inu zanuzo ndizina mukadakamba kuti birth certificate ndizoona mwana amapatsidwa tsiku ndi nthawi yomweyo wangobadwa kumene omdala mwanva.

    • David , chonde tasiyani kuika ndale pachilichonse, kodi tidakhala bwanji ndale zampeni kumphasa? kodi tidakhala bwanji mzathu or chipani China chikachita changing pa chitukuko timalowetsapo ndale komaso nsanje? munthu asagawe mphatso mwati akafuna adzanvotere ,ndale zimenezo kkkk k ,am saying stop it nowv

  29. Barack Obama wiretaprd Trump during the 2016 Presidential campaign. Or is it more like Hillary & Debbie Wasserman cheated Bernie in the PRIMARY . The Clinton MACHINE had two young men shot right after being one served the DNC with a summons . Think how many people have been shot right before they ar e to testify against the Clintons crimes .. Problem is–this wasn’t Obama’s first wiretap It Turns out wire tapping is one of his favorite pastimes. Lol Just check out the list of individuals who have been wiretapped by Obama! According to The Gateway Pundit, based off the WikiLeaks evidence of February 23rd, here is a list of individyuals the Obama Administration tapped: * The US National Security Agency bugged a private climate change strategy meeting; between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin; * Obama bugged Chief of Staff of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for long term interception targetting his Swiss phone; * Obama singled out the Director of the Rules Division of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Johann Human, and targetted his Swiss phone for long term interception; * Obama stole sensitive Italian diplomatic cables detailing how Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to help patch up his relationship with US President Barack Obama, who was refusing to talk to Netanyahu; * Obama intercepted top EU and Japanese trade ministers discussing their secret strategy and red lines to stop the US “extort[ing]” them at the WTO Doha arounds (the talks subsequently collapsed); * Obama explicitly targeted five other top EU economic officials for long term interception, including their French, Austrian and Belgium phone numbers; * Obama explicitly targetted the phones of Italy’s ambassador to NATO and other top Italian officials for long term interception; and * Obama intercepted details of a critical private meeting between then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Merkel and Berluscon, where the latter was told the Italian banking system was ready to “pop like a cork”. Oh, and add to that any United States media who did not portray President Obama and his administration in the most positive light. The U.S. Justice Department added them as well–from Fox News reporters to members of the Associated Press. And you think President Trump is the one creating problems for the media? CIA hackers are apparently able to bypass encryption on popular communication applications, such as WhatsApp or Signal or Confide by hacking the smartphones the apps run on and collecting the data before the encryption is applied, this according to information reportedly hacked by WikiLeaks from the CIA. Makes you feel all warm and cozy inside, doesn’t it? The question is, what can’t the CIA hack? Are agents listening in on home devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home? And do Americans That’s the point. Because the fact that they can do it means that if anything ever turns kind of ugly, then we’re in real trouble. I mean, you’re really talking about a seriously oppressive government if they can do all of this stuff. It’s kind of scary. It’s chilling.” Liberal media try’s make Prs. Trump wrong when he speaks the truth about Obama wiretapping and the next day as usual information comes out about Obama hacking everyone . Oversea and here Obama has hacked and wire taped ., The CIA hacking into your phone or TV? Pat and Stu discuss the Wikileaks claim that the CIA can hack into your phone and smart TV. Is Your Amazon Echo a Government Spy? CIA hackers are apparently able to bypass encryption on popular communication applications, such as WhatsApp or Signal or Confide by hacking the smartphones the apps run on and collecting the data before the encryption is applied, this according to information reportedly hacked by WikiLeaks from the CIA. Makes you feel all warm and cozy inside, doesn’t it? The question is, what can’t the CIA hack? Are agents listening in on home devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home? And do Americans even care? “At any given point, what you’re doing might be wrong or they might construe it as wrong,” Co-host Pat Gray said Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program. “That’s the point. Because the fact that they can do it means that if anything ever turns kind of ugly, then we’re in real trouble. I mean, you’re really talking about a seriously oppressive government if they can do all of this stuff. It’s kind of scary. It’s chilling.” Enjoy the complimentary clip above or read the transcript below for details. Bloomberg/Getty Images VIEW TRANSCRIPT PAT: All right. Jake Tapper yesterday talking about this latest report from — about the CIA and what they’re doing with their spy efforts. VOICE: A stunning look inside the CIA’s hacking capabilities. 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