MEC Chairperson Ansah maintains elections were free and fair

Written by  MBC Online

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on Wednesday made an inquiry into how MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah competently managed the May 21 presidential poll.

Ansah takes oath before the inquiry. Ansah takes oath before the inquiry.
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 Ansah told PAC that according to MEC’s assessment, the elections were free, fair and credible.

 

“We very much wanted fairness and transparency to ensure the will of the people is reflected, that is also the reason we engaged external auditors. We found out that auditors were very useful in the process,” said Ansah.

 

The MEC Chair also told PAC inquiry that electoral laws were not breached because of the use of Tippex.

 

She said: “Basically, Tippex was used to correct figures. The correct figures were captured after the proper use of Tippex. Auditors BDO were not instructed to approve altered results.”


On how she resolved the 147 electoral complaints, Ansah said all issues were resolved thoroughly.

 

“At the time of announcing the results all results sheets had been processed.

 

“An election is not an event, it’s a circle. It follows an electoral cycle, legal framework, planning and training. All stakeholders who are political parties were involved in this process. Everything we did we did not do it alone,” said the MEC chairperson.

 

She told the inquiring body that there was no room to take unilateral decisions during the electoral process.

 

She said she did not make decisions alone, saying all decisions were made by commissioners by either consensus or voting.

 

“If we did not agree there would be a vote. Our resolutions were unanimous. Where would I sit to make unilateral decisions,” she asked, saying they have Whatsapp and email platforms where decisions were made.

 

PAC has been conducting the inquiry since Monday, with six commissioners so far summoned to the inquiry.

 

The inquiry follows the February 3 Concourt verdict which nullified the presidential poll chiefly on irregularities and ordered PAC to assess the competence of the commissioners.


Commissioners who have so far appeared before PAC are Mary Nkosi, Evelyn Mtafu, Yahaya M'madi, Moffat Banda, Linda Kunje and Jean Mathanga.

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