Electoral stakeholders have confirmed that electoral materials used during the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections remain secured after rains damaged the warehouse at Maone in Blantyre last Monday.
Malawi Parliament deputy secretary Maggie Chinsinga on Friday led a delegation of stakeholders that included the Judiciary, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Malawi Defence Force (MDF), Malawi Police Service (MPS) and the media to inspect the materials.
The tour came two days after security personnel from the MDF and MPS who are guarding the premises denied a delegation from Parliament to have access inside the warehouse.
On Friday, the assessment revealed that the ballot boxes and ballot papers in the warehouse’s two rooms were not affected by the stormy rains although the building suffered partial destruction of its roof, which was immediately repaired.
The damage of the warehouse raised questions among the public because the materials remain essential as the country awaits the outcome of the elections case at the High Court of Malawi in Lilongwe seating as Constitutional Court.
“The delegation discovered that nothing was destroyed by the rains. All the electoral materials are intact,” said Leonard Mengezi, assistant Clerk of Parliament responsible for protocol and public relations.
Deputy registrar of the High Court and Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal Texas Masoamphambe also said in an interview the Judiciary found that no material got damaged.