Protesters padlock offices of Malawi election body

Protesters padlock offices of Malawi election body
Source: BBC
Date: 13-02-2020 Time: 11:02:44:pm
Election commission head, Jane Ansah, is under heavy criticism

Protesters in Malawi have padlocked the offices of the electoral commission in an effort to force its head, Jane Ansah, to quit after the Constitutional Court annulled last year's presidential election.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched 5km (3.1 miles) to the commission's offices in the commercial capital, Blantyre, and locked its entrance gates with large, rusty chains.

Thousands of people did the same in the capital, Lilongwe, handing over the padlock's key to an army officer.

The court found serious irregularities in the poll, including the use of correction fluid on tally sheets.

The head of the electoral commission, Jane Ansah, insists there was no wrongdoing.