Sun. Sep 15th, 2019


Written by Enock Balakasi

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Justice Dr Jane Ansah on Tuesday had whistle stops in some parts of Lilongwe to prepare people for the third phase of voter registration scheduled to start in the district from 26 July.

Malawians will elect their President, Members of Parliament and councillors in May 2019.

Ansah on a surprise visit at Njewa in Lilongwe

The third phase of voter registration will only cover Lilongwe City and Lilongwe rural and will run from 30 July to 12 August 2018.

Speaking at T/A Njewa headquarters, Justice Ansah urged people to register in their large numbers so that they exercise their constitutional right to vote.

According to Ansah, third phase will be only in one district. ” This is because Lilongwe is vast and has a large population of people unlike the first and second phase which were done 3 district at the same time, ” said Ansah.

Dr. Jane Ansah shaking hands with a tradition chief at Njewa in Lilongwe

In his remarks, Traditional Authority Njewa thanked MEC for the meeting, saying such initiatives would help sensitise people to turn up in large numbers to register.

The first phase of voter registration covered Dedza, Kasungu and Salima districts while the second phase is being done in Ntchisi, Nkhotakota, Dowa and Mchinji.

During the visit Dr. Jane Ansah had time to hear from these people

Low turn out characterized more especially the first phase with main opposition Malawi Congress Party and civil society organisations calling upon MEC to redo the exercise in the affected districts.

On Tuesday, Ansah reiterated that MEC will probably consider these concerns when all the phases are done.

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