In Malawi mysterious fire guts electoral body warehouse as recount fight rage on

MEC Chairman MbenderaBlantyre, Malawi, July 15 (AGV) _ A mysterious fire in the wee hours of Tuesday gutted a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) warehouse in the capital, Lilongwe, reducing to ashes millions worth of electoral materials.

Crucially, some of the destroyed materials were ballot papers which were subject for a recount in a disputed parliamentary result in one of the constituencies in Lilongwe City.

“The Malawi Electoral Commission warehouse in Lilongwe has been gutted by fire which started at around 00.00hrs on July 14, 2014. Although the Lilongwe City Assembly was called in immediately to put out the fire, there has been extensive damage to the property and material in the warehouse,” said Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga. 

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