BDO Jordan was hired to make a report, which was signed by Hussain Alshobaki signed on for the 31st May 2019. This report was made by the BDO Jordan on the request of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and their wish to verify the results made by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
One of the key findings was:
“4. Tippexed and edited forms:
A Significant number of Form 66 were over scribbled, as a result, most of Form 66 became a mess and therefore needed to be replaced by duplicate forms, manually prepared forms, which were completed at the constituency tally centres. Some of the forms were excessively tippexed by POs who used tippex to do their corrections. Auditors made sure that all the figures were tallied and used the logbooks as the source documents to validate tippexed entries” (BDO, 2019).
We know the results was really altered, as the BDO could verify that about 24% of the Form 66 was Tipp-Exed and another 6% manually amended forms. This means that quickly a 30% of the forms was changed to fit the will of the incumbent and his party. The BDO is by this confidential report proving the previously reported rigging of the tripartite elections of earlier May this year.
That MEC and the President would sink this low is evident and that they thought they would get away with the open onslaught of the ballots, as the tally records was altered to fit the wilful outcome. Which in the end would give another term to the President.
When BDO could determine that 30% was altered either by Tipp-Ex or manually, it shows that it was deliberate actions to secure ONE outcome and ONE winner. That is close to one third of all forms, which is substantial to the claims of a fraudulent election.
Nothing else can be stated. That is what the BDO is saying without stating it directly. It isn’t one slip-up, but a systemic and default decision to change the records in favour of one party or one candidate. Peace.
In Blantyre yesterday, the incumbent President Peter Mutharika was the announced victor in the Tripartite Elections of 21st May 2019. The Malawian Electoral Commission (MEC) announced this yesterday, so the President didn’t wait a second to have his official ceremony and start his second term. He had to do this quickly before the Tipp-Ex results got altered again.
This happens as the Opposition is crying foul. They are doing this with justification. AS the Opposition Candidates couldn’t even have the time to table a case to nullify or make the counting of voting “null and void” as there are evidence of open rigging in this elections. Even if his numbers are low and not really a huge victory. The Incumbent President won with 38,75%. Not like he rigged himself with a major majority, which is a lazy way of rigging himself in power.
It is like the recounting scheduling, which the High Court made happen in several of districts was important to challenge the first partial results. Nevertheless, the same results happen. Maybe, that is why as the President was swearing himself, the Opposition Party Malawian Congress Party was tear-gassed by the authorities. Therefore, the President and his government are really showing his true force on the same day his resuming his office.
President Mutharika should be more humble, not like his popularity is there. Maybe, because his statements in the past. As the Head of State has told the public to “eat mice and grasshoppers or die” to survive in the middle of hunger and food crisis. That is why the public should remember that he did this too them.
The MCP and UTM didn’t manage to beat the incumbent now. Certainly, combined with all the other Presidential Candidates they have about 62 % of the population. That is why the President and his party needs to humble themselves. Since, we know they rushed today and the acts of swearing-in. As they should have waited for petitions against the counting and announcing of the results. That is because there is open questions about credibility.
As long as these questions are unanswered, the incumbent will be remembered for this and the reality of the memory of this will not go away. He will always be remembered for some as the Tipp-Ex President. The White-Out President and the one who needed whitening fluid to get into power. That is a real weakness, as he didn’t have the natural swagger or popularity to get the public on his side.
Maybe, the DPP shouldn’t endorse Motorola phones, worry about Cashgate or even Maizegate. The DPP and Mutharika has so many scandals in their first term, that if it was serious, the electorate and the whole republic would have chosen anyone else. Maybe they did, but we will not know now, as the MEC has announced him and his VP. They will surely rule, but on shaky grounds, as his legitimacy is weak at best.
This is nothing new, but the chicken thief gets harshly punished and get time, but if you still a republic, you become President.
TIPP-EX President, what’s up? Peace.
Well, Blantyre must a special place to be at the moment. As the results and announced results of Triparte Elections of 21st May 2019 is coming in. We are 4 days in after the polls. The Final statement from Malawi Electoral Commission on the Parliamentary Elections. Shows further results, but also how the MEC and the Government uses certain tools to deem it free and fair.
We can certainly see, that if anyone disagree or deems the results unfair. If they feel the results are not justified. Than, the candidates have to get evidence, affidavits and take it to the Courts. This is normal practice, but in a world of social media. We have seen clear evidence of malpractice and of altering results. Especially on the Return Forms from the Polling Stations.
The way MEC has answered this is like this: “The Commission received a number of queries regarding the parliamentary elections and they have been attended to. The concerns from political parties over discrepancies and irregularities have been heard and given attention. Regarding any concerns among political parties and candidates about the results, they are entitled to file petitions in the High Court within seven days” (MEC, 25.05.2019).
We know there been breaches and there are some questionable behaviour. Therefore, this should be taken to court and challenged. As someone has changed and altered the results. Since, the need for Tipp-Ex has been so obvious.
Also, another statement in the report dropped today, shows the values of the Election Observer Missions, as even there is particular challenges with the polls. They are there to do this: “The credibility of our elections has also been attested to by various observer missions who have all commended the Commission for managing a credible process that allowed for the freedom and will of the voters to prevail” (MEC, 25.05.2019).
We can clearly see what it does and what we can ask ourselves. Since the first official results are out. The party of the incumbent President have the most MPs, but not alone. The Presidential Elections Results are awaiting as they are pending, because of a Court Order contesting several of the poll results in several of regions. This means, those results will come out later.
Who knows how that will end, as the only indication earlier, was that the results was too close to call. However, that could mean, they were awaiting for the definite results in favour of the incumbent. That wouldn’t be shocking.
We can just await and see, but the exposure of both military arrests of election workers and the return forms littered in Tipp-Ex. Surely, put this all in jeopardy, because the legitimacy and the questions of a credible comes into question. That is why the coming days and the hours of recounting is important. That its done with all the stakeholders, as Thabo Mbeki the Commonwealth EOM Chairman travelled home to be part of swearing-in Cyril Ramaphosa. That is just the way things are.
This is why, the realities are there and the knifing for the Presidency is there, as there are remaining questions in the air. The MPs and Parliamentary Elections results are out and surely some of the constituencies will be challenged in the Courts. As there is most likely not only rigged tallies in favour of one, but of several. There is also likely not only at the Presidential level, but also at the MPs. As any likelihood, everyone wants an advantage. This is just my cynicism. I might be wrong, but hell, Tipp-Ex my statements, if you have too. Peace.