Malawi Law Society (MLS) has expressed concern over reports of attempted plans by some political parties and candidates to rig the May 20 Tripartite Elections.
In a statement released on Tuesday and signed by its president Mandala Mambulasa and secretary Felisah Kilembe, MLS warns that such reports, if true, are a violation of the law.
“As the country approaches 20th May 2014, the society is disturbed by unconfirmed reports that there are numerous attempts and plans by some political parties and candidates to rig these elections. If such reports are materially true, then that would, in our view, not only amount to violation of the law but also a clear denial of the right of the people of Malawi to participate in their government,” reads the statement.
As a way of ensuring smooth elections, MLS calls on organs responsible for running and managing elections such as the security agencies, monitors and observers to vote in advance so that they have enough time to monitor what is happening.
During prayers organised by MEC in Blantyre last week, the officiating clergy also warned against rigging and asked all parties to ensure free, fair and credible elections.