Opinion: Malawians Indeed Finally Hold Free and Fair Elections

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At first, I was surprised to hear foreign observers describing Malawi’s 2014 tripartite elections as free and fair and credible despite reported irregularities.

It pissed me off honestly as I really didn’t know what these observers wanted to achieve at the end of the day.

But now, after scrutinising the whole voting process with sober mind I can tell you that I agree with them that indeed Malawi experienced first ever free and fair and credible elections.

Why should you too agree with them?

In Africa, it is rare for a ruling party to lose elections. This doesn’t mean that people still love the ruling party but it has so many chances and machinery to rig elections.

Leaders do everything possible to ensure that they remain in power in fear of being prosecuted for the atrocities committed under their reign of power.

Let’s take the case of Malawi as example, according to some analysts the country only made free and fair elections in 1994 when people voted for multiparty democracy and perhaps 1999.

However, in 2004 and 2009 elections were not credible and leaders were winning against the will of the people. Rigging reports were everywhere but as a government, they had all chances to bury the complaints which had clear evidence.

Today, it starts with President Dr Joyce Banda who took the mantle of leadership after the demise of President Bingu wa Mutharika because she was a Vice President then, appointing commissioners from different political parties to oversee Malawi’s electoral body Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

When the country was preparing for the much taunted tripartite elections, several reports emerged that the ruling People’s Party wanted to rig the elections.

After getting used to the past scenarios, some Malawians tended to believe and started attacking the government although there was no any concrete evidence to prove their claims.

Joyce Banda insisted her party wasn’t prepared for vote rigging saying she wanted to practice clean politics and that she could not betray God who put her there but still people couldn’t believe her

And today, Malawians have voted but to the surprise of many it is an opposition party which is accused of rigging.

MEC reported that there was heavy anomalies where in some centres number of voters exceeded those  who  registered. There are a lot of rigging claims, all being associated with the opposition party.

However, despite those confirmed anomalies, foreign observers claimed the elections were free and fair and credible, which to me it means that it was so because the rigging wasn’t done by the ruling party.

And this just shows how minds of Africans were corrupted – to believe that elections are not free and fair if rigged by government and vice versa if done by opposition party forgetting that there are other opposition parties that are  stronger  than the ruling

So, indeed Malawians finally conducted free and fair elections because the ruling party did not rig as it is a case in other countries.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. This article is misleading. To the author, I think you can take this and tell those who are not able to see and think. You iq seems to be retarded and fails to articulate the reasons why the Elections have to be credible. Wokuba samamulemba pa mphumi kuti boma lokha ndi lomwe lingabere. MEC itself says there were so many irrigulaties and what are you saying? Your conclusion is baseless and fails to take into account the information that is on the ground. Why shud we have muslims like you who fail to think properly? I think you shud find other forums of puting that not tarnishing the image of muslims thru the muslim site or change the name of the site.

  2. I wonder why Joyce Banda is using the title Dr. One can only use it if is earned, she didn’t earn it, its honorary. Stop abusing academia especially if you are thick upstairs!

  3. Sheikh AB, this article really requires alot of understanding and articulation for one to get what the writer is trying to convey. What the writer is telling us is that there is alot of flaws in the foreign observers comments. Because to them, elections are only not fair and free if the wrongs are perpetuated by the ruling party. But reading through your comments, it seems you have got it wrong altogether.
    Read through the extract from the article below and tell me what does this writer really trying to say.

    But now, after scrutinising the whole voting process with sober mind I can tell you that I agree with them that indeed Malawi experienced first ever free and fair and credible elections.
    MEC reported that there was heavy anomalies where in some centres number of voters exceeded those who registered. There are a lot of rigging claims, all being associated with the opposition party.
    However, despite those confirmed anomalies, foreign observers claimed the elections were free and fair and credible, which to me it means that it was so because the rigging wasn’t done by the ruling party.
    And this just shows how minds of Africans were corrupted – to believe that elections are not free and fair if rigged by government and vice versa if done by opposition party forgetting that there are other opposition parties that are stronger than the ruling
    Sheikh AB, what do these paragraphs tell us about the views of this writer? Does the writer really agree with the foreign observers conclusion about the just ended Malawian elections? Sometimes, some articles dont mean what they seem on the face value. They require some deeper understanding.

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