Court suspends man from voting in the forthcoming elections due to fraud

By Ethel Gunde 03/10/2013

Machinga First Grade Magistrate court has suspended 32 year old Tenesi Ling’ande from voting in the 2014 Tripartite Election after it found him guilty and sentenced him to eight months imprisonment for registering fourteen times in fourteen centers during the just ended voter registration exercise in the district.

The court heard that Ling’ande registered at different centers between 11th and 21st September, 2013 as registration in Machinga was in progress.

Ling’ande pleaded guilty to the offence which according to First Grade Magistrate, Jones Masula is contrary to section 118, Sub Section 1 of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act.image

“It is the citizens’ right to register and vote but it is not the citizens’ right to register more than once,” Masula said adding that registering more than once attracts K10,000 court fine or two years imprisonment in default, according to Masula.

Asked why he registered fourteen times, Ling’ande said he registered fourteen times to become ‘president’.

He however, asked the court to be lenient in its judgment claiming he has a lot of responsibility at home hence preferring a fine other than imprisonment with hard labour.

Magistrate Masula however convicted and sentenced Ling’ande to eight months imprisonment with hard labour after finding him guilty of the offence.

The court also suspended Ling’ande from voting during the May, 2014 Tripartite Elections following his multiple registration.

Ling’ande was arrested at Nakusupa registration center in Machinga South East where Police Officer, Sergeant Mlelemba arrested him.

He was brought at the center by a village head closer to the center after Ling’ande went to his house claiming that he was Malawi Electoral Commission’s official.

The security officer was compelled to search Ling’ande where he found him with fourteen voter registration certificates with different birth dates ranging from 10th September 1971, to 1st September, 1984.